– Mike Huckabee
Where Is Your Treasure?
Jesus once said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21), meaning whatever it is you treasure the most is where your heart’s loyalty will lie. I often ask myself this question: “Is Jesus really most precious to you?” If you treasure money, fame, power, position, or status (maybe all of the aforementioned), then that’s where your heart is. Unless we I put Jesus Christ first, He is not the treasure of our hearts, nor is He most precious to us.
According to Your Faith
We can’t save ourselves by our own human effort because it is only “by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9), but the Bible does show us that we can have faith in God. There were two blind men following Jesus for obvious reason, and they cried out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David” (Matt. 9:27). Then “Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then he touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith be it done to you.’ And their eyes were opened” (Matt. 9:-28-30a). God will clearly bless those who have great faith in Him, just like the woman with a disease of 12 years (Matt. 9:2) where “Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well” (Matt. 9:22). However, this doesn’t mean God heals everyone who reaches a certain level of human faith. It is all about God’s will and not man’s will.
Appointed to Good Works
We are saved only by grace and not by works, but a person saved by grace will naturally produce works. That’s because “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). God planned this before we were born. In fact, God prepared these good works specifically for us to do. Don’t miss your appointment or you’ll live with disappointment. But even with disappointment, make it a God-appointment.
The human heart is wicked and deceitful (Jer. 17:9), but God gave us new hearts and we became new creations in Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). Now we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16), and the Spirit of God can now work in our hearts to convict us when we sin and bring to remembrance the Word of God when we need it.