The Bible is not specific or detailed in its explanation of our heavenly purposes or our heavenly tasks. However, I believe that God does give us some verses and principles that would lead us in a proper direction. If we believe that we were created as eternal beings, we must also believe that whether we are still on earth, or whether we are in heaven, some of our purposes and tasks are the same. Let’s start at the beginning.
For what earthly purpose were we created?
A. To populate the earth and control it. This explains our God-given desire to have children.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:26-28
B. For God. Period.
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16
C. For God’s glory.
Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. Isaiah 43:7
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being. Revelation 4:11
D. To do good works, which God has planned for us to do.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Let’s try a visual to transition us into heavenly purposes. I’m sure you have seen picture mosaics, such as these:
If you picture each of the tiny pictures to be individual life portraits, created by God. Within each of those tiny pictures (our lives), are puzzle pieces:
Every trial and every difficulty in our life is simply a small “puzzle piece” in the much larger “masterpiece” of our lives that God is creating. Some pieces are so very ugly and some cause pain and heartache, when God is shaping them;
However, when we enter into eternity, we will look at the finished product called “our life,” and marvel at the way everything truly worked together for our good and for God’s glory. – H.M.Besser
So, the circumstances and situations in our lives make pieces that fit together to make our life picture. In turn, that picture fits, just like another puzzle piece, into the larger picture of the body of Christ. Whatever happens in my life, will affect your life as well. In the grand scheme of things, God is creating a huge masterpiece that we cannot begin to fathom. We cannot understand why that piece in our life has to be “blue” or “jagged” or really “ugly,” but in the end, it will join the life portrait next to yours to build a creation that only God can plan and coordinate.
Somehow, to picture His sovereignty in this way, gave me much more peace and freedom to trust His plan in my life, even when it doesn’t make much sense to me.
Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:24b-25
We are not told much about our Heavenly Purposes. However, I believe that we can pull a couple of things from Scriptures.
I think that as our human perspective is changed for a spiritual perspective, we will have our eyes opened. We will be like Christ, and we will see things as He sees them. The pain and hurt of this life will melt away in the light of His amazing glory.
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2
In Revelation 4:8 we read:
And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Not “Love, love, love.” Not “Powerful, powerful, powerful.” …. “Holy, holy, holy.” This is the attribute that God has chosen at the one He wants repeated through all of eternity. I believe that just that says a lot. Yes, God has some amazing attributes that are pointed out in Scripture, but the one that is given to the angels is His holiness.
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:25b-27
But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16
Holiness is what He has planned for us – now and in eternity. We are to worship Him in pure and undefiled holiness. If we seek to be like Christ in His holiness, we will most certainly fulfill all that He has planned for us.
Take that photo mosaic one more time. Try to picture it moving and evolving. Try to picture it in 3-D. I tend to think that this is what eternity will be like. God’s plans and purposes always fitting together into a master plan, with His fingerprints all over it.
Additional Verses to Ponder:
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Original material by Holly M Besser. Perfect Joy Ministries ©2012. May not be used or re-printed without permission. bsbp23p01-31-13