This most certainly challenges the worldly view that acquiring riches and “stuff” leads to happiness. But angels find rest and happiness by removing this weight from their lives.
Why are things so different in the Lord’s kingdom from that of working in the everyday, physical world?
The reason is that in heaven, when we cast our physical bodies aside and live as spiritual beings, true rest becomes synonymous with peace. Peace and heavenly happiness become burdened by all worldly anxieties and any diversion of the focus of love towards the neighbor to that of mere love of self. How can one expect to find peace if one’s abilities are not offered freely—from the heart?
Heavenly peace is not one-sided, either. The love a person gives to others in heaven is reciprocated. So everyone benefits and everyone is elevated.
Living in the physical world with a physical body does indeed require recompense to keep a roof over one’s head, fill one’s belly, or even to get married and raise a family. But inner peace and happiness is not acquired simply by payment, unless we adopt a sincere, spiritual attitude towards serving others. Otherwise, we ourselves work from servitude (which is hell) rather than from love and freedom.
(Once a person acquires a lot of money in this world, one is then burdened with protecting it.)
God does not ask us to become naïve or a pushover, but to learn the ways of the world while maintaining a spiritual conscience. This is communicated in Holy Scripture by the interesting passage “Be wise as serpents but innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
Heaven is a kingdom of love. The more love you freely give through your God-given talents the more enriched your inner spiritual life and the spiritual life of others becomes.