What’s in Your Wallet? 

June 4, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

He went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Matthew 19:22)

Jesus understands that what we clutch, what we trust in, binds us. We are meant to be completely free of bondage to anything or anyone. Our trust is in God alone. We—and everything we have— belong to God.

Many of us grew up thinking that our goodness and our “good works” helped us, or even gained us approval with God. We tend to gravitate toward that which we are naturally talented in, and that is not all bad. God has put gifts and talents in us that we are meant to use, but they do not gain us approval with God, nor should they be something we trust in. 

The rich young ruler is trying so hard, but he has his aces still hidden in his pocket. He knows, or thinks he knows, that religion is about following the rules, and giving God His due. He doesn’t realize that Jesus approaches him in love to get him to let go of it all! 

Here is a game that this earnest young man is not signing up to play. It is a game of winner take all. It is a call to total relinquishment. It appears that the young man is not exactly asking Jesus an honest question, as he most likely thinks he is getting the salvation game right and is possibly fishing for a compliment. 

Jesus is not rebuking him; He is backing him into a corner. He needs to get at what the young man is holding back, not what he is eager to give. So it is with us. The young man has money, and Jesus asks him to not just give a tithe, or a double tithe, but to give all of his possessions away and come and follow Jesus. 

Dear friend, allow God to rifle through your things and ask you for anything and everything. You can bet that He will find just the thing that you are a bit too dearly attached to—the thing that you have hidden in the back of the closet, the thing you are unwilling to share, whether that be a physical object, money, time, or a connection with your own life that, if not surrendered, will cause you some trouble and pain. Dear God, please just don’t ask for the chocolate!

God is not looking to take things from you. He needs nothing, but He does have the right to put his finger on that which must be surrendered in order for you to be free. So let Him ask you, “What’s in your wallet?” Then give it all to Him.


Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email