Have you ever found yourself in a real predicament and had no idea where or how to find a solution? Clyde Moore of the Columbus Dispatch gives a good example: “A predicament occurs when an attorney who specializes in medical malpractice suits finds himself in need of major surgery.”
One day, a friend of ours found herself in a predicament when she lost her keys. She had stopped by the office to meet with a realtor and tour some potential homes. When she got back to the office, she couldn’t find her keys anywhere. Lisa did the usual retracing of her steps, looking under the car seats, and embarrassingly calling the lady whose home she had toured.
Finally, she retrieved the alternate set of car keys from her purse and drove home. At prayer meeting that evening, she was so frustrated as she explained that the key to their home, the car, and their missionary daughter’s storage building were all on this key ring. A few days later, she discovered her keys were on the counter at home all the time. She had driven to the office with her alternate key.
Is this not typical of the body of Christ today? The Lord offers us the key to Father’s house and invites us to enter into close intimate relationship with Him. He has provided access to the storehouse of heaven with unlimited resources, and He has even made available to us the key of Holy Spirit empowerment to propel us forward into anointed ministry.
In Matthew 16:19, Jesus clearly tells us He has given us the keys to the kingdom, yet we seem to have misplaced them and contented ourselves with using alternatives we have retrieved from our own resources.
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 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 16:18–19 NIV).
If we are going to fulfill the divine destiny Christ has for us, we will need to relocate some of those keys that helped to transform His church into a movement that literally turned their world upside down (Acts 17:6). As God’s Church, His governing body on earth, He has given us the keys of love, intercession, and proclamation of the Gospel to open doors for a dramatic transformation of the nation of America in our generation.
“The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure” (Isaiah 33:5–6 NIV).