Revelation 7:13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?" 14 I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 "Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
We are given knowledge of what happens to believers when they die physically as we view the martyred believers before the throne of God. The Apostle Paul instructed us concerning what happens to believers when they die in 2 Corinthians 5:8, they are away from the body and present with the Lord. Our text today gives us a visual of this truth.
What do believers do in the presence of God before Jesus returns to establish His reign on earth for a thousand years? They serve the Lord day and night. They are cared for by the chief Shepherd, Jesus. The believers will not hunger or thirst or experience harsh circumstances as His flock. He will guide them to living water and give them an abundant life.
Jesus told us that all who lose their lives for His names sake shall gain it (Matthew 16:25). All believers can live assured that the best is yet to come. All believers can serve God while physically alive knowing that they will live even if their service to Jesus causes them to be martyred. Are you serving God now in the hard circumstances of life knowing the best is yet to come? Jesus always assigns us work in this life that can only be accomplished by complete dependence upon Him (John 15:5). Knowing what awaits us helps us do our assigned work with abandonment even if it means losing our life for His name’s sake. Are you doing your assigned work with abandonment in complete dependence upon Jesus while doing it knowing the best is yet to come?