And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God, and in accordance with the law and the commandments, to seek his God, he did with all his heart, and he prospered. --II Chronicles 31:21
It’s not the work itself that is so important. It is, rather, the heart that we give to the work. We can spend untold hours of inner energy engaging in labor and never know the fulfillment of giving our heart to what is beyond the paltriness of our own human existence. What’s important is to have our eyes focused in the right direction, our motivation aligned with the purposes of the Holy One, and the knowledge of why we’re working and for whom.
King Hezekiah had opened up the closed tunnels of his being in order to feel the flow of the divine presence rushing fully through him. He was not afraid to have his heart and soul claimed by the One that created him and loved him. He was not afraid to lose his very self in the service of that One because he knew that if he gave his full heart to every work he did, the One whom he served would make his work count for something. He would not be bereft of meaning and purpose, as long as he was humble enough to be brought under the wings of the Holy One’s design.
What if you opened your heart and soul to God so wide that you were no longer bound by the need to define your own ‘self’ by the work you did? What if instead, your motive for the work of your life was to be in alignment with ultimate meaning, ultimate purpose, ultimate love? You’d notice the smile of God lighting up and lightening up the perimeter of your life and your work would become the gift you gave back to heaven.
O God, don’t allow the shadows to pull me away from my heart’s greatest desire – the desire to know and love you.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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