If you have just met somebody, are you going to pull out your keys and show them the key to your safe? Of course not! You’d be afraid that they might use that knowledge to steal some of your most precious belongings.
Our enemy is like that—He keeps things from us because He is afraid of us finding the keys to God’s Kingdom. The devil knows that God offers us keys to unlock the future of God’s purpose for our lives, and it terrifies him. But Jesus came from heaven into the darkness of Earth and exposed everything the enemy is trying to keep from us.
If you’ve ever misplaced your keys, you know how important they are in our lives! A key can be very rewarding, but if you don’t know what it unlocks or how to use it, you’ll just end up frustrated. That is what has happened to many of us—we don’t understand the life that Christ offers us or the purpose of that life. Once we trust in who Christ is, we are adopted into the family of God to be Kingdom kids, and are given a set of Kingdom keys. And parents who give their children keys expect responsibility.
Matthew 23:13 says, “What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering.” Here, Jesus was showing how not to use the keys He gives. We aren’t intended to use the keys to exclude other people—there is room in heaven for everyone. Instead, we are to use our keys to invite other people over so they can experience the generosity God has shown to us.
Acts 15:19, Paul was talking to Jewish leaders when he said, “…my judgment is that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” Paul wanted them to break down the barriers that kept people from meeting God and receiving their Kingdom keys, the most powerful set of keys in the universe! In Our assignment is the same today—don’t hold people back, but instead do everything you can to ensure there is nothing standing in the way of anyone hearing the Good News and getting their keys.