Thursday: 17th October, 2019

Luke 11:52 You teachers of the Law of Moses are really in for trouble! You carry the keys to the door of knowledge about God. But you never go in, and you keep others from going in.

In high school, getting into post as a prefect was often attractive because in some houses, one was given a private cubicle. Regardless of size, I grew to appreciate this because I had a key to my door not in the control of the house prefect. Thus, I didn’t have to worry about getting into my room and there was no waiting for any key bearers.

On many occasions, house prefects could forget they had dormitory keys or be held up somewhere. Consequently, everyone else had to stay out until they arrived with the keys for doors to be opened. So they would have keys but when required, were not always around to use them.

It is interesting that the concern of Jesus was not just with the ‘pool of knowledge’, but with keys to the door of knowledge. I remember hearing that ‘knowledge is discovered’. Like something behind a closed door, it takes opening to find out what is hidden. Yet, for a door that can’t be forcefully opened, the bearer of its key remains an important party.

But in a way, I am also saddened by the fact that these lawyers stood in front of a door of knowledge and did not even bother to find out what was behind it. As though they were satisfied only with being ‘custodians of the key to knowledge’. How much happier would they have been should they have become ‘gainers of that knowledge?’

Beloved, often we stand before doors with keys in our hands and do nothing either because we are just comfortable holding on to the keys or afraid of what lies behind the door. We are scared that the knowledge we obtain will initiate an uncomfortable change in our lives for which we may not be entirely prepared. Sweetheart, keys are for opening doors and while some doors will remain locked for our own good, there are many others to which we have been given keys to unlock.

If we stay gripping on to keys and not use them, they become useless; serving no purpose either to us or others.


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