Is. 60:19-20 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory. Your sun shall no longer go down,
Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the LORD will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
Have you ever worked really hard, past what you thought you were capable of? I can remember many times during my tree-planting days when I pushed myself beyond where I thought I could actually go. This work included climbing steep mountain slopes, very cold and wet weather conditions, and climbing over piles of slash. There were times that I just wanted to quit but somehow I kept going. I remember many nights falling into my sleeping bag so tired, thinking I could never get up and do it again the next day. The thought that I was working to support our ministry was the only thing that kept me keeping on. Spurgeon spoke of being weary in the work but not weary of the work, check this out.
“How different will be the state of the believer in heaven from what it is here! Here he is born to toil and suffer weariness, but in the land of the immortal, fatigue is never known. Anxious to serve his Master, he finds his strength unequal to his zeal: his constant cry is, ‘Help me to serve thee, O my God’. If he be thoroughly active, he will have much labour; not too much for his will, but more than enough for his power, so that he will cry out, I am not wearied of the labour, but I am wearied in it. Ah! Christian, the hot day of weariness lasts not for ever; the sun is nearing the horizon; it shall rise again with a brighter day than thou hast ever seen upon a land where they serve God day and night, and yet rest from their labors. Here, rest is but partial, there, it is perfect. Here, the Christian is always unsettled; he feels that he has not yet attained.”
I can remember on one of the more difficult days on the mountain slopes that I had an impression of heaven. This was very real, not a dream because I was working, but a visual impression that was quite detailed. I remember seeing many of my christian friends and pastors there and I remember a sense of peace and joy that was quite different from anything I had ever experienced before that time. I had been going through a time of depression which was effecting not only my attitude, but also my performance. This vision actually imparted spiritual strength into me so that I could continue my work with joy. Heaven is a real place. It will be our permanent eternal home. I have to say with Spurgeon, I may be tired in the work sometimes, but I am not tired of the work.