DAY 287 OF 365 IN 2021
KEY IN HAND
Luke 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
What do you do when you find yourself with a key in hand standing before a door you have no idea what lies behind? Do you first try to find out what is behind the door or do you insert the key and twist away? We can consider exploring another proposition: in the same context with key in hand and no idea of what lies behind the door, would you pass on the key to another person? What if you knew what lay behind the door? Would you still open up or hand over the key to another?
We appear to have strayed into a world of ifs, yet there are real considerations to take into account. A key is intended to grant or deny access because before a door that houses things which have the potential to be harmful, keys will keep people out.
However, there are some keys that are required to be shared with others, keys that are intended for global edification and the scribes in today’s Gospel had one ‘the key of knowledge’. Call it a password that plugs you into a data centre because in an information age, the more you know, the greater your advantage. It is no surprise then that this key was kept away from others. Sadly, its holders did also not know what to do with the key.
Beloved, we may not be entirely conscious, but some of us wield keys to certain places, contents and even keys to the hearts of people. These keys can provide advantages that propel ourselves and others to great heights. What we ought to do then is to think about what we do with the keys in our hands.