“Where are my keys?” This is a question I continually find myself asking when I am ready to leave the house. A smart person would have a place in their home where they always put their keys so that finding them at the appropriate time will not be an obstacle in getting out the door. However, I have never claimed to be that clever. If you are like me, and are always worried about where your keys are, why is that? Without our keys, we cannot start the car and drive to where we need to be. I need a key to unlock the building so I can get into my office. We will also need our keys to open the door when we get back home if no one is there. How many times have we locked our keys in our car? More than I would like to admit I’m afraid. We also have the benefit of getting duplicates of our keys made, but newer cars require keys that have all the buttons incorporated within the key itself, and it costs a pretty penny for copying or replacing one of those keys. Another type of key we can identify with is our network key. The days of piggybacking on someone else’s wireless network are long gone because most people are keen to this. Without the password, we do not have access. Keys equal access.
What about the keys to Heaven? Is there more than one? “All roads lead to Heaven,” is a lie that Satan has concocted that many in this world, including some in the church, believe. How secure would we feel if anyone’s key, at any time, could open our door at home? What would be the point of having a lock requiring a key in the first place? Jesus clearly says in the gospel of John, chapter 14 and verse 6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” If there is only one Father, then there is only one lock, and if only one lock, then one key, and that key is Jesus. We only have access to the Father through Christ Jesus.
Now that we have the key, and have opened the door; imagine a doorframe, and that is the narrow way. Now, picture that we also have two big suitcases, one in each hand, and we are trying our best to carry them through the doorway, but can’t do it without first setting them down because there is not enough space. Those suitcases represent our sin, our baggage. At this point we have two choices. We can repent, and let go of those bags as we enter through. Or, we can take it upon ourselves to remodel the construction of that doorframe, allowing us to bring our baggage in with us. What we need to understand is that God’s doorframe is made of solid steel. It is what it is, and we do not have the power to change it in any way. If we think that we can, then we have entered through a different door, a wider door; a broad way that leads to destruction. Jesus says in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Once we have entered by the narrow gate, we must not buy new bags to fill with sin. Visualize walking through a narrow tunnel; once it is entered, the dimensions do not grow larger. It will always be that narrow until that great day we make it to Heaven. We also have assurance in that when we get to Heaven, there will not be a side entrance. While we are traveling through this tight tunnel, we have already entered the through the narrow gate, and we are already considered a part of the kingdom of Heaven now. For the Christian, our physical death is only a transition. The lost, those who have not grasped the key, and have not opened the door, are considered spiritually dead, even though they physically live and breathe. I prefer to view them as being spiritually asleep, and it is our job to wake them up. All we can do is give them the key, and show them the door; it is up to them to unlock, open, and walk through it leaving all that old baggage behind. What an awesome feeling to have what has weighed us down for so long lifted up off of our shoulders and taken away for good. This key, Jesus, unlocks the devil’s shackles that enslave us and He sets us free. True freedom can only be found in our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
~ Chris Melton