Friday, June 12, 2020
The most important Set of Keys
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 16:19a
The keys of the kingdom represent the access you have to the Father through your relationship to Jesus Christ. With this relationship you have access to everything that is accessible to Christ. However, this access is not given indiscriminately; Jesus gave the keys to His disciples only after they recognized that He was the Christ. Only then did they enter into a unique and personal relationship with Him. Likewise, your relationship with Christ opens the door of heaven for you and gives you direct access to the Father. Peter discovered that once he had keys to the kingdom, he could go to the Father in every situation. When he stood to preach before thousands on the day of Pentecost, this simple fisherman opened the door to the kingdom for three thousand people in one day (Acts 2:41). When he encountered a lame man, he used his access to God and His healing power, and the man was healed (Acts 3:6). When he was imprisoned, Peter discovered that the keys of the kingdom could open even the most secure prison door (Acts 12:6–10). If you are a Christian you, too, have keys to the kingdom of heaven. You do not need an intermediary, for you have an unobstructed access to God. With that access come all the resources you need to face any circumstance. When you are afraid, you have access to God's peace that surpasses comprehension (Phil. 4:6). When you have a broken relationship, you have access to the God of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18–21). When you meet someone in need, you have access to God's provision for that person. What an incredible privilege to be entrusted with keys to the kingdom of heaven! - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
If we rent or own a home, or go to a hotel or motel. Drive a car or truck or something in between. Some form of keys are kept on our person.
Its just a typical thing we carry that grants access to places or things that are in our lives. It's a royal pain when they break, are lost, stolen or need to be replaced.
Those who are in Christ are given keys that we can't lose, they can't be stolen, will never be replaced. Yet can be copied and freely given away.
Sharing Jesus with others is the way to do it. Either in word or in deed. I have heard it said that at all times be a witness, and if you have to, use words.
A light doesn't need an explanation. We know what it is. We understand it's purpose. We know. Mankind understands and knows what the Light of Christ is. It's unto them to decide to want it for themselves or to rebel against it. Remember, there's only two options. Two kinds of people in the afterlife. Believers in Heaven and what used to be unbelievers in Hell. Used to be? Oh yes. Used to be. There is nobody who is in Hell who doesn't know that Jesus Christ is real. Denied until their dying breath, but denied no longer. Their hope in Salvation is lost because they missed the deadline for acceptance. Every man will be without excuse. Everyone will have had ample opportunity to receive Christ. There will be none who will be able to stand before Christ and say they weren't given a fair chance.
But once a person is saved, the keys to Heaven's doors are given and put where they cannot be lost, stolen or wear down. In the heart n soul. We are allowed to come there in a moment's notice to bring our thoughts, cares and concerns to the Father. Nobody on Earth can deny us access. All physical barriers are done away with. Jesus said nothing can separate us from the love of God. Nothing.
Do you make use of those keys or are you doing like the steward who was afraid of his Master and buried them until His return? Are you using them, investing in yourself and others with them or ?
Are you letting the light shine from within you from Jesus or are you trying to hide it under a basket? Wanting to be saved yet afraid of the consequences of the light shining onto others?
As it says in the beginning of the book of John, the darkness doesn't like the light because it exposes their deeds. Expect people to be irrational when the sins of their lives are exposed by the light of Christ. Expect people to lash out. The Scriptures say the loved the darkness more than the light. Don't be surprised by these things.
You have keys, oh Believers in Christ, that bring you to the Father in prayer at any time, and when our life is through, will bring us into His presence in the blink of an eye. No red tape. No delays. Nobody getting lost on the way there.
Your keys set you aside as calling Heaven your home. No longer is Earth your home but Heaven. You need not fear death or the grave. You need not be concerned of seeing Hell. You are adopted into the family of God. You belong with Jesus's Father who is now Our Father in Heaven.
Be prepared to give a set of keys away to any that will listen or ask. That's what telling others will do. That's what making Disciples does.
Live out your testimony today and if you must use words, the Spirit will guide you.