Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men. Ephesians 6:7

If you want to study one of the great characters of the Bible you only have to go to a man by the name of Caleb. He was that other spy that came back from the first trip to Canaan and with Joshua stood with God and said that the land could be conquered with God’s help. The other ten said it couldn’t be done and preferred to go back into the wilderness for forty years.

I punched in the word “wholeheartedly” into my computer and five times the word applies to Caleb. He is said to have followed the LORD wholeheartedly.’ (Num. 32:12; Deut. 1:36; Josh. 14:8, 9, 14). One translation gives the phrase as “He stuck to his guns, heart and soul.”

What does it mean to wholeheartedly serve the Lord? It may be defined with what it is not. It certainly is not half-hearted commitment to the Lord. It is not a take-it-or-leave form of service. It is more than one hour each week dedicated to serve Him. Most of us could tell others what it is not.

“Whole” and “heartedly” seem to go together. When one’s heart is wholly committed to something the whole mind and strength and soul are in harmony with the direction of one’s life. There is no question where your heart lies and your allegiance is focused.

The passage above is in the context of slaves serving their masters. Paul enlightens us and confirms what it means to serve wholeheartedly. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

Not just when you think others are looking. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. (I Thess. 2:4) Be wholly doing the will of God from your heart.