With All Your Heart
Hezekiah was the crusade leader for Judah. He was excited about worshiping God. He even invited those from the northern kingdom, Israel, to come down to Jerusalem and worship with them. Outside of David and Solomon, no other king of Judah is as celebrated as Hezekiah. None after him nor any before him compared to his devotion (2 Kings 18:5).
As you read the last verse of 2 Chronicles 31, it is clear Hezekiah was all in. “And in every work that he began…he did it with all his heart, and prospered.” With all his heart—that is an interesting phrase. There are a lot of people who are doing things with all their heart. Some pray the rosary with all their heart. Others help in disaster relief with all their heart. Some “pioneer” by knocking on doors for their system of beliefs with all their heart. Some lead area-wide crusades with all their heart. Is this the standard for doing what is right? Does it mean, if you do something with all your heart, you will prosper? Is the key to success simply you should want it more than the next person?
If the standard of right was “all your heart” there would be many things worthy of your pursuit. However, your heart is desperately wicked. You cannot even trust the pursuit of your heart. There must be a guide for hearts on fire. Notice Hezekiah’s guide: “Hezekiah…wrought that which was good and right and truth before the Lord his God…in the commandments” (2 Chronicles 31:20-21). The word “truth” describes things which are honest, sure, and lasting. The only thing worth doing is the thing that is eternal. Seek heavenly things (Colossian 3:1). Do the work of God with all your heart according to the commandments of God. There are many “crusades” you could join, but only those who do it with all their heart according to the instructions of God are lasting.
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