Well, I did it again! I really can’t believe that I did it. I really can’t believe that I keep doing it. I’d really rather not do it at all. What did I do?
If I were to show you the keys that I carry with me, you would notice that there are a couple of keys that look very similar.
One of the “twin keys” is to my office and the other is to Skye’s office. I very rarely get these two mixed up because my office key has a “P” on it and Skye’s office key has an “O” on it.
But the key to my house and the key to the church building look identical. If you look closely, even the first three notches of the keys are similar. I even have my house key on a separate ring with the key to the storage room at the house.
Yet despite my efforts, this afternoon I came back from lunch and tried to unlock the church building door with my house key. And, at times, I’ve tried to unlock my house with the church building key...which can have significantly undesirable results when your hands are full of “stuff.”
You see locks are funny like that. If you don’t try the proper key, no matter how full your hands are and what is about to go “KERSPLAT” on the ground, they just won’t open.
And it doesn’t matter how many times you try the wrong key...even if you try it during a solar eclipse...it will never open a lock it is not designed to fit.
In thinking about this, I thought about Jesus’ talking in John 10. He speaks of those who don’t enter in the proper way being thieves and robbers but that The Shepherd enters by the door. Then He says He is the door.
The only proper way to be in His flock is through Him. The only way to enter through Him is through His blood. The only way to contact His blood is by being baptized for the forgiveness of your sins.
No other key will work. You can try them, but the door will remain locked. You can be as sincere as you can possibly be, but the door will not open if you’re not using the proper key.
The right key is accessible to all of us. Jesus left heaven, came to earth, died, was buried, and rose again to show us the way.
You now have the proper key in your hand. Will you use it and open the door to untold blessings? Or will you keep trying some other key and stay outside?