6. Do we have occupations and employments there?
Many people entertain the idea that heaven is a
place of eternal rest, and by this they understand a place where men do no work,
but sit around in eternal idleness. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Every man was created to be of service to the human race. All joy and happiness
which are genuine come to man from the performance of the service for which he
was created. Even in this world we can see that a man who does nothing, who
contributes nothing to the good of his fellow men, cannot be happy. In heaven
everyone performs some function or office in accordance with his genius and
abilities, and in the performance of this work lies all heavenly joy for him.
The teaching that heaven is a perpetual Sabbath
does not mean that the angels do nothing but attend church services and sing
hymns or play on harps. By the perpetual Sabbath is meant rest from the combat
against the evils of their self-love. They do indeed glorify God, but this they
do in the performance of their daily work. To glorify God means, "to bring forth
the fruits of love; that is, faithfully, sincerely, and diligently to do the
work of one's own function, for this is of the love of God and of the love of
the neighbor. And this is the bond of society and its good. By
this God is glorified, and then by worship at stated
times. Have you not read these words of the Lord, Herein is my Father glorified,
that ye bear much fruit, and ye shall become my disciples?" (Conjugial Love,