2 Chronicles 25:2
He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly.
The other week, I had the hilarious time listening to two housewives exchange their maid horror stories. The lady on my left spilled it first that she finally kept her stay-out househelp from coming. She complained that the haphazard work only made her redo the cleaning herself. The other lady commented that the good maids out there are literally out of the country already. What’s left are the younger ones with little know how and those smart ones with an attitude. The hilarious laughs kicked off here as they alternately recalled their experiences to both extremes. Once, they even asked for my preference: someone whom I’d need to wake up to prepare my already late breakfast or that one who’ll serve my appetites in time but with a cold face. I’m glad I don’t have to choose any.
At first glance, no one would categorize King Amaziah as haphazard. In fact, he did what was right in God’s eyes. In this chapter, he acted in accordance with the Law of Moses by not punishing the children of those who murdered his father, whom he justly executed. He also commendably obeyed God’s instruction of dismissing hired Israel troops from fighting alongside Judah, although it already cost him a billion dollars. But just like a househelp who does work for work’s sake, when he saw the neighboring gods appealing offer, he readily ran away and shifted loyalty. He disregarded the grace his Master showered him for many years. There was obviously no love for God’s household in the first place.
Wholehearted, according to the Free Dictionary, is marked by unconditional commitment, unstinting devotion, or unreserved enthusiasm. It is the picture of an ideal maid who sees you as family, not mainly financiers; who has work initiatives, not just as instructed; and who sincerely gives you a smile, like everyday. Now let’s translate that to our service unto the Lord. Are the things we’re doing right, and good, and godly remain unwavering regardless of worldly offers outside and despite difficulties inside? Are we obeying His commands because we ought to or because we love to? We’ve heard the quote ‘Find something you love to do, and you'll never work a day in your life’. Doing the right things can be tiresome if we don’t have the right reasons. So let our reason be His love. No master would ever give his life for us like He did.