Remembrance in Heaven?

by Rayola Kelley

      Q: Do you think that when we get to Heaven, we will reflect at all what we did on this earth? I’m trying to remember if there is a Scripture talking about that, and there probably is, but I can’t remember. 

      A:  If you read my article this month on unfeigned faith, you will notice that as believers we will be rewarded according to the works we do on earth in relationship to the kingdom of God. However, works that originate from what I consider the wood of self-righteousness, the hay of the world, and stubble of the self-life will be burned up, while works that speak of gold (reliance-unfeigned faith), silver (redemption), and precious stone (reflection) will be refined and made more valuable (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). As stated in my article this month, the greatest work that we can do is to reflect the unhindered glory of the Lord. Such a work will confirm our testimonies, preaching, and teaching.

      However, we will not remember that which was done in the darkness of unbelief, rebellion, and wickedness. Wickedness produces the tears of sorrow, the consequences of death, and the pain of loss. We are told that the Lord will wipe away such tears, while the former things are passed away from all knowledge or remembrance. We know that the memory of the wicked will be wiped out, while in hell these doomed souls will have the awareness of their hopeless, wretched state, the torment of their endless judgment of what could be, and the harshness of  eternal damnation as to what will be (Psalm 9:17; 37:9-20, 34-40; Luke 13:24-30; Revelation 20:11-21:4).

      It is obvious that what we remember in eternity will be based on our response to Jesus, the Son of God. In Him the old will pass away, while the new will be fully realized. It is for this reason that those who are walking the broad path of destruction, need to repent and flee the wrath of God to come before it is too late (Luke 3:7-8).