April 10, 2023

Wholehearted Work

Written by Boyd Bailey

Humility and wisdom remain wholeheartedly committed to the work until the Lord calls to another work assignment.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today –April 10, 2023

In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered. 2 Chronicles 31:21, NIV

Wholehearted work is what the Lord blesses. Idle hands do not enjoy the fruit of their labors; only those who long to labor for the Lord…working in the Lord’s fields of faithfulness. Diligence and discipline are twin traits that submit to God’s will and, in the process, produce results that make heaven smile. Using an agrarian example, you prepare the soil, you plant the seeds, you keep out the weeds, and your Creator provides the sun, rain, growth, and harvest. Wholehearted work looks to the long-term with total trust in the divine process, jettisoning the temptation to take shortcuts. Better to invest in relationships and resources to ensure success than to control others to accomplish unsustainable results. Wholehearted work is God-focused work.

Hezekiah, the leader of God’s people, modeled the way of wholehearted work. He only expected of those he served what he lived out himself…he was a wholehearted leader worth following. In obedience to God’s commands, he sought the Lord, worked wholeheartedly, and prospered. Charles Spurgeon reminds us of the role and responsibility of workers engaged in the Lord’s work, “Whole-heartedness shows itself in perseverance; there may be a failure at first, but the earnest worker will say, ‘It is the Lord’s work, and it must be done; my Lord has bidden me do it, and in his strength, I will accomplish it.’” Indeed, wholehearted work is not prone to give up but to learn from its mistakes and continue to move forward with improvement and progress. Wisdom wholeheartedly works with God to learn His ways and to humbly stay out of the way. 

“But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it” (Numbers 14:24).

Because the Lord trusts your wholehearted work, He may extend His favor on your life and work with future opportunities. Like Caleb, He can maintain your servant spirit through your success so the nemesis of pride will not prevent you from prospering in the Lord’s blessings. Be honest with yourself; if you are unable to do your work with all your heart, you either need a change of heart or a change of work. Give yourself permission to explore other opportunities in your current work situation or begin looking at options outside of your present employment. Work is for a season…so better to be self-aware of job fatigue and plan a transition than to be forced out without time to prepare. Wholehearted work is honest about being all in as a calling from God.

Humility and wisdom remain wholeheartedly committed to the work until the Lord calls you to another work assignment. Lean into the Holy Spirit to strengthen your soul and energize your mental and physical efforts. A weary heart longs for rest to restore and make whole for another season of service. And as much as you may love and enjoy your work, make sure your life pace is a rhythm of grace. A routine that reserves a quantity of time for the quality of relationship you desire with those who know you the best and love you the most. Wholehearted work at home gives you the relational and emotional support for wholehearted work outside the home. Most of all, align your heart with the Lord’s heart by abiding in His love, and He will prosper your life.

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do” (Ephesians 6:7-8).


Heavenly Father, fill my heart with your Spirit so I serve wholeheartedly for you through Christ’s love, and in Jesus’ name, amen.


Perhaps you channel more time and energy toward your wholehearted work at home.

Related Reading

1 Chronicles 28:9, 29:9; Psalm 119:80; Isaiah 38:3

Worship Resource

Brooke Ligertwood feat. David Funk: Breathe/We Fall Down


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