Monday, November 26, 2018

Turn in Your Keys

 I have missed writing. I had gotten so down on myself since last Feb. I let other peoples opinion of what they thought I was and was not good at stop me from doing things I love.
I’ve been back at it now for a few weeks and it has been a real blessing. If you want to see what I have been up to and follow my ramblings through this transition you can see all my most recent posts by clicking here

Thank you for all the feedback lately too. It helps me feel connected.  Onto today’s subject, keys.

I have a terrible office chair at my house, there is no padding so sitting on a wallet is uncomfortable.  I was here drawing as usual and I started staring at my keys laying on top of my wallet.  I have way less keys than I used to have.

A few weeks ago I needed a huge keyring for the absurd amount of keys I had. 

I recently shed a few of those keys and while the reason is painful staring at the keyring tonight I have something to be thankful for.

I was proud of my keys. People gave me keys, they trust me.  Work, family, even friends.  It’s impressive to have a lot of keys.

The problem is I lost track of what a lot of those keys did.  When I turned in my work keys I still had 9 I had keys that I had no earthly idea what they went to.

I started trying doors, around the house. I went to my moms and checked her house. What could these keys open?

Turns out they can open a lot.  After fumbling with them for an afternoon I cut them loose.  If I didn’t know what they went to then I didn’t need them. 

I’m down to the bare minimum keys and it is a great feeling.  They are lighter in my pocket, I got to go down to a smaller ring too. I know the purpose of each one, exactly what they were created for.

As cheesy as it sounds staring at my keys and wondering at how much simpler they are made me think about Jesus.

Granted it doesn’t take much to get me thinking or talking about Jesus but today the simplicity of the gospel is on my mind.  

Second Corinthians 11:3 says “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

We make the gospel so complicated that even adults can’t understand it. We muddy it with our own rules and restrictions. The truth is that it’s so simple a child can know it. 
To paraphrase St Augustine The Gospel is so deep that a theologian could drown in it but shallow enough that a child could wade through it.

We understand that when God rescues us from our sin through the sacrifice of Jesus.  For that moment whether you are alone at your house, praying at the altar, at a conference 470 miles from home or in your pew at church. Nothing is simpler at that moment you are forgiven and free because of Him. You have just one key Jesus is. You hang that key around your neck like a latchkey child.

As time goes on you begin to add more keys to your salvation.  It was just Jesus, but soon you look at your keys and there are new ones. It's become Jesus and...
Jesus and rules, Jesus and works keys begin to pile up.

That was me with a janitors amount of keys.  Still I’ve been reading the Bible more, thank God writing more and praying more and with His help shedding more keys all the time.  It’s not always easy, some keys I want to keep to look or feel important. Some keys are safety nets, others I might need some other time.  
God has me out there checking though and if they don’t fit they have to go.

If you are reading this and you are bogged down by the dos and the don’t talk to God and go through your keys.

Thanks for reading

Alan

3 comments:

  1. I LOVE THIS! I'M STARTING TO FEEL LIKE THE KEYS ARE WEIGHING ME DOWN. I'M LEANING A BIT TO THE SIDE. I NEED TO DO AN INVENTORY CHECK AND FIGURE OUT WHICH THINGS ARE GOD THINGS AND WHICH ARE ONLY GOOD THINGS. I'LL KEEP THE GOD ONES AND TRIM OUT THE GOOD ONES.

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    1. I get lopsided very quickly weighing myself down with all the doctrine I was raised in. I shed it then pick it all back up

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