The Hezekiah Work Ethic
by Jacob Hudgins
The author has detailed the life of King Hezekiah of Judah. He has done so much good for Judah—cleaning up the temple, restoring the sacrifice system, celebrating the Passover, and reorganizing the priests and Levites. The author then sums up Hezekiah’s work: “he did what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God”(2 Chron 31:20).
But there is more: “And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered”(2 Chron 31:21). This is a statement any servant of God would want said about him or her. It speaks to a unique kind of work ethic.
Hezekiah did all his work “seeking his God.” This is not about making a name for himself. He simply wants to please God. Certainly there are elements of his work that are simply the logistics of obeying a commandment and don’t feel particularly spiritual—such as organizing the priests. Yet every act can be connected to our service to God. When we are seeking God, we work differently.
Hezekiah did all his work “with all his heart.” We often struggle with having lots of good ideas with little execution. Yet when Hezekiah sees a problem that needs to be remedied, he attacks that problem “with all his heart.” Some problems—like the resumption of the Passover meal—have a lot of hurdles to overcome. We need vision and persistence, but most of all, we need passion. We typically work at many things but do very few with all of our hearts.
Paul addresses servants with similar encouragement: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ”(Col 3:23-24). Doing our work with all our heart while seeking the Lord will give us diligence and passion to see things all the way through. It will thrill us with the knowledge that we are drawing closer to God each day. We will see the blessing of God in our work and we will prosper like Hezekiah.
May God bless us to work like Hezekiah!