“Ms. Mitchell, will we wear blue jeans in Heaven?”
Teaching high school Bible class is not a laid-back survey of the Scriptures. It is a heads-up, all-brain-cells-on-deck, stay-caffeinated experience. These are the kinds of questions tossed around on a daily basis. And, trust me, a surface answer will not suffice. Young, inquiring minds want to know, and I love it.
Abruptly stopping class, which grabbed everyone’s attention, I decided to answer this question as thoroughly as I possibly could on the spur of the moment. The ramifications of understanding what I was about to teach them were of eternal importance.
The Saints of God will not wear blue jeans in Heaven. According to Revelation 19:8 we will wear robes of fine linen, clean and white. Reading the disappointment on the students’ faces (because robes are not cool), I pressed in to make sure they understood the significance of these robes.
These robes won’t be just any old church choir robes.
Not Your Typical Uniform
Revelation 19:8 goes on to state that the fine linen which makes up our robes for eternity are the righteous deeds of the Saints. Let that sink in. Our clothing in Heaven will be woven out of the works that we do during our time on Earth that meet God’s approval.
Before I go any further, I want to be clear: Am I saying good works are what allows a person into Heaven. Absolutely not. Our salvation is only by God’s grace. It is not — nor could it ever be — a result of our own doing. Salvation was accomplished by Jesus Christ alone, and it is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9).
However, our works do matter in Heaven. The Bible says in James 2 that faith without works is dead (vs. 26). The order is extremely important: Faith in Jesus Christ comes first. Then our righteous acts are a result of our new hearts, the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and our desire to serve Jesus.
Nonetheless, the Book of Revelation is clear: Our righteous acts will carry over to eternity. Every time we share the Gospel, each anonymous donation made to a person in need, every casserole baked for a sick brother or sister in Jesus’ Name will not go unnoticed.
Without exception, every true investment made in the coming Kingdom of Christ will be on display for the Saints to see as we wrap ourselves in robes of righteousness.
This promise, however, comes with a warning. Revelation 16:15 instructs — begs, even — us to stay alert and keep our garments (the good things we do now) so we may not go about spiritually unprepared. Having a mini skirt in eternity as opposed to a lengthy robe would surely be embarrassing.
Actually, I am a blue jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. But I am not disappointed. This understanding is true motivation to roll up our sleeves, exercise our faith constantly, and weave an eternal garment that is fit for service to the King of kings in His eternal kingdom.