This song came to mind today, “I Got The Keys to the Kingdom”. It’s sung by the Aeolians, an Oakwood University choir, and The Lloyd Mallory Singers.
I gave one of my nieces, the keys to my house some years ago. It meant a lot to her , as just recently she reminded me. When my husband and I gave them however, it didn’t seem that big of a deal to us because, well, we love her. We not only love her, we trusted that having the keys meant to her, that she was a part of us. It meant we trusted her with not just everything we owned but with our feelings. We trusted her love for us! Well, thankfully, through all these now over two decades, that hasn’t changed! The love, the trust, it’s all still in place.
This is the thing however; we also trusted she would use them. We knew that our absence wouldn’t eliminate her need. She would sometimes need to be there to enjoy our home, get some food, or just find safety and acceptance and it would mean access whether or not we were physically there. We wanted her to be assured that what she needed could be found in our little kingdom. We took a chance on her solely because of love.
God does that for us and rest assured, unlike my husband and I, who are now, although friends, no longer together, God is going nowhere! His home is ever in tact. Sometimes we won’t feel he’s there and so He’s given us never ending, consistent access to Him, 24/7. We have the keys to the Kingdom!
Matthew 16:13-20...I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth , will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth ,will be loosed in heaven..again, truly I tell you that if two of you agree on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. We’ve got the keys! I do, you do. I’m not going all hermeneutics with this. There’s much to learn in this entire chapter of Matthew. But here’s the bottom line; we have access to love, to safety, to acceptance, to all that we need to navigate this life and assure us of the next. I’m gonna leave it right there. You got the keys...use them!