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What’s in your wallet?

What’s in your wallet?

All of us at some point have seen the Capital One commercial on television that promotes their Capital One credit cards. During the NCAA Men’s College Basketball tournament, Capital One promotes their credit cards using such celebrities like Samuel L Jackson, Spike Lee and Charles Barkley. In the commercial, the three men share a comedic experience together while at the same time highlighting the benefit of having a Capital One credit card. As the commercial comes to a conclusion, one of the three men featured in the commercial turns to us who have viewed the commercial asking the question what’s in your wallet. The purpose of the question is supposed to cause the viewer at some point to evaluate what type of credit card they own and to see if their card truly measures up to a Capital One credit card. If the person doesn’t have a credit card, Capital One hopes to promote their card to the audience that their card is the one that a consumer should have in their wallet.

Now, what are some of the basic things that a man keeps in his wallet? In a man’s wallet, he will have his personal identification some as his driver license or state identification card. He will have things his debit and credit cards, his available and medical cards that can provide him medical assistance. He will also have things like pictures of his family like his wife and children in pictures by themselves or them all together as a family. As I thought about these various things that we as men keep in our wallets, the Holy Spirit shared three important truths on what is in our wallet can strengthen our relationship with the Lord. The first way that our relationship can be strengthened by what is in our wallet is by understanding our identity in Christ. The second way that our relationship can be strengthened by what is in our wallet is by understanding the resources the Lord has given us in the Kingdom of God. Finally, the third way that our relationship can be strengthened by what is in our wallet is by understanding the relationships the Lord has placed in our lives.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).

Our identity in Christ

The first way that our relationship can be strengthened by what is in our wallet is by understanding our identity in Christ. In a man or woman wallet, they will have their personal identification such as their driver license or state id card. If the person is young or a senior citizen, they will have either a senior card, high school or college Id. A person may also have a type of identification card which helps to identify them and the company that they work for. A person’s identification card can give them the privilege to drive on the road, access into a workplace or access to attend their school. However, when a person has misplaced or lost their wallet with their identification, can put them into a serious dilemma. Not having your wallet and identification can cause you to lose access into places you have to go to and possibly the privilege of driving behind the wheel for a period of time.

Now when I speak about our wallet, I am not speaking about just about the natural wallet that will carry on ourselves. However, when I speak of our wallet, I am speaking metaphorically what is in our hearts. What we have in our hearts is who we keep close to us and what we cherish the most in our lives. The word of God says in Matthew 6:21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. As a believer, the most important person we should cherish in our hearts is our personal Lord and Savior. It is Jesus Christ and not ourselves who should reign on the throne of hearts. We should always strive to keep our relationship close with HIm and not allow other people or circumstances to cause a distance between us. Our relationship with Christ will help us to understand our identify in Him and unlock His purpose in our lives. Having Christ in our hearts help us to understand who He has called us to be and not to desire to be someone else.

Our resources in the Kingdom of God

The second way that our relationship can be strengthened by what is in our wallet is by understanding the resources the Lord has given us in the Kingdom of God. Along with our personal identification like our driver license are other types of cards that can give us access to resources. Some of these cards can be like our medical insurance cards,  debit and credit cards. Our financial cards which are issued by the banks that we do business with help to provide the cash that we have in our checking account. Our credit cards provide the additional cash that we may need but we don’t have at that moment but is extended to us which we are able to pay back later. Our health care cards such as our medical, dental, and vision are used to help provide the medical coverage we may need when we go see our primary doctors.

In Luke 17:20-21, the word of God says “The kingdom of God does not come with observation, however, the kingdom of God is within you”. When we allow Christ to reign in our hearts, we allow the kingdom of God to live within us. Our resources for finances and healing do not come from businesses, our employers or financial institutions. However, our resources for financial provision and healing that we may need in our daily lives come from the Lord Himself. The word of God says in 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work”. This means when we don’t have enough in our bank account, the Lord is able to take what is not enough and make it more than enough. When we need healing in our bodies, yes we can go to our doctor and ask him or her to provide a prescription to help us feel better. However, we must never lose sight that the true source of our healing comes from the Lord. In Proverbs 4:22 the word of God says “For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh”.

Our relationship that we have in our lives

Finally, the third way that our relationship can be strengthened by what is in our wallet is by understanding the relationships the Lord has placed in our lives. Prior before our electronic devices had the ability to take pictures and storage our photos in our phones, we mainly kept our important pictures in our wallets. A man or a woman would have pictures of their loved ones like their spouse, their children, and close friends. If a person is out with friends or coworkers, the photos in their wallet would be a wonderful conversation piece about who were the important people in their lives. In addition to the pictures that were kept in a person’s wallet, was the emergency contact information that a person had in case of emergency. A person emergency contact would either be an immediate or extended family member, parents, or primary physician.

When we allow Christ to reign in our hearts, He knows the important types of relationships we should have in the kingdom of God. He will allow us to form relationships with other people in the Body of Christ that can help another person to unlock their gifts and talents to bless God’s people. We can also learn to grow and develop relationships with like-minded people who want to honor the Lord not just by what they say but how they live their lives in His presence. In Genesis 2:18 the word of God tell us that “it is not good for man to be alone”. I do not believe that the truth of this scripture should be viewed as a man looking to find a wife. However, the Lord saw throughout eternity that man would be at his best when he learned to work with other kingdom minded men rather they are male or female. The word of God says in Ephesians 4:16 “that every joint is supposed to supply their part which will help the whole body be joined and knitted together in love”.

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