The heart that desires to serve is much different than the servant who serves. It is not what we think of Christ that glorifies Him alone, it is what we do for Him, and here is where I believe the majority of Christians begin their misinterpretation of heaven, they believe that an unprofitable servant here can and will automatically be transformed into a profitable one there.
One of the verses they like to quote is Hebrews 10:16, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.” And they see it as an excuse more than a truth. What did you think if you are one of these, that all of a sudden you will have the Book of Obadiah memorized, did you believe that now all the Scriptures would be retained in your mind for all eternity, what possible profit could that be? You have the entire Word of God’s truth at your disposal today, if you will not search the Scriptures today so that you can apply those truths to your life today, what makes you believe that having them memorized is going to alter the amount of service that you will offer Him then?
If you believe that in heaven all of a sudden you will have a great desire to serve there because now you can see it is real, that He is real, and right up there on the throne in front of you, that this will increase your desire to be profitable, then you must have skipped right over John 20:29, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
Perhaps you think that everything is going to be fine and dandy there, where life is beautiful all the time, no frustration, no anger, no “bad days,” just love and peace and joy and no problems ever again. Have you by any chance read what is going to happen to those who will not bow down to the King of Kings during the Millennial period, did you not know that for a thousand years there will be much pain and sorrow still, were you planning on just hiding out in heaven until that time period was over, did you think that those who will be kings and priests for the Lord during that time (Rev. 20:6) are just going to go about their daily business with a smile on their face and a song in their heart?
Perhaps your best trait to serve here is one of cleaning, did you think that there are going to be dust bunnies under the beds in heaven, perhaps you serve only in ways here that will be completely and totally unnecessary in heaven, then what, new training for you? If you do not have the desire to grow in your service to Christ here, what makes you believe that that desire will just automatically be imparted to you there?
Who do you think those people are that will be ashamed at His coming, (1 John 2:28) and just what do you believe is all of a sudden going to make them unashamed in heaven.
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Cor. 15:52) This does not mean that all of a sudden the unprofitable will be profitable; it does not mean that those who would not serve Christ to the fullest here will automatically be willing servants there.
You are the only one that can hold back the Holy Spirit of God within you, you are the reason that you will not serve fully here, and it matters not the reason, fear of man, fear of failure, a lack of complete servitude is not changed in action or fact in the heart just because the King is in the same room you are, only the outward appearance is, and the King can see right through that.
We have a cat that we rescued from certain death, I stayed with her while my lovely wife went to get our vehicle, I fed her in the garage often, when she had the energy to eat for two days until we could take her to the vet, I washed thousands of fleas off of her, who do you think this cat spends much of her time around, on whose lap does she find rest most often? Those who have been forgiven much, love much.
My friends, how much you love Jesus here is how much you will love Him there, being in His physical presence is not going to grow that love one bit, being glorified is not going to increase your desire to serve, you will be as profitable there as you are here.