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Maybe I’m just not organized enough.  Like you, I have keys to just about everything I own, keys for things I no longer own, and keys for things that I may never have owned, but thought was mine.  I have several key rings that supposedly help me keep track of all of these keys; one for each vehicle, church keys, post office box keys, file keys, etc.


In my daily life, I basically operate with two sets of keys.  One is for the particular vehicle I’m driving that day, and on this ring are my car, house and church keys; the P.O. box and filing cabinet keys are one a separate ring.


There is not a single day that goes by that I don’t try to use the wrong keys for the wrong purposes.  I always get the car and the P.O. box right, but the rest is truly comical.  Never does a day pass that I don’t try to open the church door with my house key, or open my house door with my church key, or the wrong-door house key.  Evidently I have a special impediment to “right” key usage.  Maybe it’s in my genes.  Maybe I just think too much.  Maybe I don’t pay enough attention.  After all, I use all of these keys every day.


The point is this, each day I have the right key with me all along, but it remains up to me to make sure that I’m using it properly.


Jesus had a teachable moment that he spent with the disciples.  They were in the region of Caesarea Philippi, an area known for its multiple-god worship.  He asked the disciples what other people were saying about Jesus.  After their reply, he asked who they said that Jesus was.  Peter responded by saying “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16, NIV).  


Jesus praised Peter for his answer, but then mentioned something key to our understanding.  Jesus said that this answer had been revealed to him by none other than the Father, and that his very church would be built upon this understanding.  But then came something that you and I must know in order to better function in our day to day lives.


“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19, NIV.  


If we have a proper understanding of our Lord, His position in our lives and our station before Him, then we possess the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  If we have a right relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ, then the key to daily living in a way that He will bless is already on our key ring.  All we have to do is understand that He is right there with us, not dangling off our belt, but living inside of our hearts. 


The key to living the Christian life starts with an understanding of God’s indwelling presence.  Is Jesus in your heart?  If so, then you already have the keys to God’s kingdom.  Are you using the right keys in the right ways in your life today? 


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