Last night we said goodbye to our family at Richland Nazarene. It was hard! Yet what an incredible time. We left our farewell feeling SO loved. This morning I got up and when I picked up my keys from the bedside table I was reminded again that my life was changing. My key ring was missing some keys... I no longer had the key to the church facility, our gym, my study/office and various file draws. They were all GONE!
That led me to think about how in a few days I'll find myself without ANY keys. Our home sale will close on May 26th,(PTL!) and we're hoping to sell our cars by that same date. (By the way, if you know of any one who's looking for a 2006 Honda CRV or a 1995 Nissan Truck, let us know!) It's going to be strange to NOT have keys in my pocket. Let's just say it's been a LONG time since I didn't have at least one.
Keys are a sign of responsibility. I remember when I got my first home key. I carried it with pride.
That got me thinking. Do you remember the words that come on the heel of one of the most incredible declarations in all of scripture. Peter answers the question of Jesus, saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Moments later, Jesus shares... "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven..."
Just think! The keys of the kingdom... What an incredible thought. I'm not sure I understand all it means to have the keys of the kingdom of heaven, except to say, it's probably something we should be praying about. don't you think?