I think it is telling that in the perfect Garden of Eden, created by God himself, he commands Adam to work and creates Eve as a help mate to help him work.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15
Eden is a model for our perfect relationship with God. If we want to think about the new heavens and the new earth, we should look to Eden. And we see we have tasks. We have work. There is something soul dignifying about work. Work provides us a sense of self-worth. Work provides us a purpose. Work provides us a means to help ourselves and through our independency we are able then to feel a need to help others.