By Lilly Lewin
Sometimes I need to be reminded that I am not stuck.
Sometimes I need to be reminded that I have been set free.
Sometimes I need to be reminded that Jesus is standing at the door and knocking,
All I have to do is open the door.
Sometimes I need to be reminded that I have been given the keys.
Sometimes I have built a barricade between the door and me.
Sometimes I have put lots of old shoes, umbrellas, hats, coats, backpacks and shopping bags by the door and there is just so much stuff that I feel trapped inside.
And I totally forget that I have the keys.
I can open the door and leave the clutter and old things behind me.
Sometimes I need to be reminded that I have been given the keys,
the keys to the door, the keys to the Kingdom.
I am not stuck.
I am not locked in.
It is not impossible.
I have been given the keys.
Jesus tells Peter that he has been given the keys to the Kingdom.
And that’s not all. You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is yes in heaven. A no on earth is no in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 The Message
Keys! We too have been given keys! Keys to unlock things that we’ve been keeping closed and hidden away. Keys to unlock the blockages in our hearts and in our heads, the things that keep us stuck and keep us hidden and keep us afraid.
What does it feel like to hold the keys to something?
It usually means you can sleep somewhere or drive somewhere.
You have access. You have power.
What needs unlocking in your life right now? Are their doors that are shut tight? Are their vaults that you have stored away and refused to open? Are there old closets of crap that need to be cleaned out?
What locked things would you like to see opened in your life?
If Jesus has handed you the keys, can you believe, can you accept, that Jesus will help you unlock those places? Or those things you’ve kept closed?
What about those places or problems in your world that feel locked down?
What about places of injustice or pain that feel impossible to fix
What if you’ve been given the keys?
What if you have the key that unlocks and opens the way through?
What if we just need to ask for the right key?
Jesus, today, I’m in need of keys to unlock my fear.
Today, I need keys that will unlock hatred, bitterness and uncertainty that can so quickly take root inside of me.
Jesus, today I’m asking for keys to unlock misunderstanding and division within our country.
Today, I am asking for new keys to help unlock the broken systems that keep people in poverty.
Jesus today I need your keys to unlock the sense of overwhelm I often feel because of the suffering in so many places around the world.
Today, Jesus, I am thankful for your gift of keys.
What do your Kingdom Keys look like? What keys do you need today?
What things do you want those keys to unlock?
Let the keys that you see, the keys that you hold and use this week, be reminders that Jesus has given you Kingdom Keys!