Summary: What is that in your wallet that is keeping you from following Jesus Christ?
Topic: “What is that in your wallet?”
There is this commercial that asked this question at the end of their commercial, “What is that in your wallet?” The commercial that asks this question is a commercial that advertises for the Capital One Credit Card. The commercial message is that if you find yourself in a situational bind where you don’t have any cash on you to buy or pay for something, the commercial suggest that it would be a good thing to have a Capital One credit card in your wallet to help you with your cash flow dilemma. So at the end of every Capital One credit card commercial, it asks this question, “What is that in your wallet”, which suggest that if you don’t have a Capital One credit card, you need one in your wallet to help you get out of your financial jams. But yet it must be understood that if you do not use your credit card wisely and you max out every credit card that you get your hands on one, you will create a bigger financial disaster for yourself in that it will take years to get out of. You see, credit card in itself is not evil; it is how you use it and how you pay off the balance that makes the difference. But instead of depending on our credit cards to get us what we need, to get us what we desire, and to get us where we want to go, we need to depend on Jesus Christ who can supply our every need ,supply our every desire, and to get us where we want to go if we trust in Him. In matter of fact, if you find yourself in a financial jam, you don’t need another credit card, but rather you need Jesus Christ and His word to help you get out of the jam that you are in.
But yet a question is being asked, “What is that in your wallet?
Now in these passage of scriptures, we are going to learn about someone who had something in their wallet that kept him from following Jesus Christ.
In these passage of scriptures, we read about a young man who was rich, who was a ruler and also was religious. This young man was rich. We are not told if he was rich by inheritance that he may have received from his parents, or that he worked hard for the money that he got. We don’t know, but yet we do know from the Word of God that that he was rich. Also this young man was a ruler. We don’t know if he was a ruler of a country, a ruler of a city, a ruler of a town, but yet the Word says he was a ruler. We don’t know if he became a ruler because his daddy stepped down from the position of leadership and handed the reins to his son. Or because this young man worked very hard on his job and became a ruler at a very young age, or that he went to college and earned his bachelors, masters, or doctorate degrees to become a ruler. We don’t know but yet we do know from the Word of God that he became a ruler at a young age. In today times, we would say that this young rich ruler would be a young rich CEO, a young rich mayor, a young rich governor, a young rich president, or a young rich entrepreneur, a young rich pastor, or a young rich bishop. And we know that this young rich ruler was religious man for he told Jesus Christ that he supposedly kept all of God’s commandments, which we will discuss later in this message.
But yet even though this young rich ruler seem to have every thing going for himself at a very young age, he still felt empty inside. Even though he lived in a nice big house, wore the finest clothes, drove the finest cars, ate the finest food at the finest restaurants, had every women wanting to be his girlfriend or wife, even though he may have been the most famous person around; this young rich ruler was sensing that he was lacking something important in his life. And the thing that he was lacking was the assurance of salvation. He was lacking the assurance of eternal life. You know it is possible to be rich and successful and have everything that life has to offer, and don’t have the main thing. And the main thing to have in your life is to have Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. You see if you don’t have Jesus Christ in your life, it doesn’t matter how much money you have, how much education you have, you don’t have the main thing, and to have the main thing, you need Jesus Christ in your life.