Over the weekend I heard of a family who locked themselves out of their home. Their father had gone out and on his return everyone was excited to have him back and they all went out to welcome him home along with their nine month old baby and his nanny. In their excitement nobody had remembered to take the key and the door was slammed shut. All the glee and excitement promptly vanished when the reality dawned that they were all stuck outside. After all kinds of attempts the door refused to budge. Baby was getting ready to have lunch just before daddy came back so they were all waiting for him to start fretting. Well, thank God, mummy was able to lull him to sleep by singing.

In the meantime, daddy had called for the carpenter who set out on his way immediately and still it took him about two hours to arrive at their home. All the while mummy kept pacing back and forth with baby cradled in her arms sleeping peacefully. After much banging and the use of  brute force, the door finally gave way and opened. Within the next five minutes, baby opened his eyes and demanded to be fed. Thank God there was no tantrum after all.

So here is the real lesson which no doubt every member of that household must have learnt. “Always hold on to your key.” No matter how short the journey never leave your key behind. Or you just might find yourself locked out.

We all have hopes that we will one day go to heaven. (Our eternal home.) And like every other home we need a key to get in.  A steel door manufacturing company (X Mark doors of the future) said “A journey to a house starts with an opened door.” Jesus is the only door open to heaven. And the key to go through Him is to believe in Him as the only begotten Son of God the Father. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36 KJV  Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father, except through me.” John 14:6 NLT 

We are expected to be believers and followers of Christ in our life times. Therefore anyone who is careless enough to live without Christ runs the great risk of being locked out of the eternal home of heaven and whoever does not make it to heaven will not be locked out of hell!   Yes; that family got a carpenter who banged, knocked and forced the door open for them to go through but if we are locked out of heaven (God forbid)  nothing, nobody, no amount of banging, chiselling, sawing or any other means can break or force the door open. It just cannot be broken through.

Be wise now, therefore. If we need to go back to God, let us please do so. He is always waiting for us to get back on course if we have missed our way. And so as Jesus holds the Key (of David)  (“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;”  Revelation  3:7  KJV) so does satan hold the key of the bottomless pit. (“And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.” Revelation  9:1 KJV

Remember the parable of the ten virgins? The wise ones had their lamps oiled and ready while the foolish ones were careless and took no oil with them. When the bridegroom appeared, they had to go out in search of oil. Sadly, it was too late when they finally got some oil and came back. The bridegroom had gone in with the wise virgins and locked the door. (Matthew 25:1-13)

I hope and pray that none of us will be locked out of heaven our eternal home.