that moment when you realize that your key is inside and you are outside and the door is shut………I locked myself out yesterday. You won’t really know what it’s like until you’ve been there…
Did you ever wish you had the ability to rewind your life?
I imagined it sometimes in those moments, when I lost something or when I had an accident… I wish I could go back to where it started to go wrong… where I made this foolish decision or where I was careless, where I lacked the necessary caution.
As in my example when I locked myself out.
All kinds of emotions flooding or better hitting my conscience at the same time:
regret, shame, anxiety, frustration…
Why was I so stupid?
What can I do now?
Who can help me?
How much will it cost to get back in?
First, I knocked at my neighbour’s door, he is a mechanic and back in the days when I owned a Ford Fiesta, it happened to me once that I locked myself out of my car and I went to a gas station nearby and one of the mechanics came with me and opened my car in 2 seconds… not so my neighbour, he refused to try and open my door as he said he’s scared to break the door or the lock…
I understand, even though I would rather have him try it than calling the locksmith service without exploring this option.
The maintenance guy was on holiday and couldn’t come, the office of the letting agency was closed as it was a public holiday, so I had no choice but to call the locksmith.
They came very quickly, in under 30 minutes, and it took them about 4 seconds to open my door and in an instant, to enlighten me of what is a large sum of money for me… it was good in a way, but also very annoying in a way…
But in the end, what can you do?
Perhaps I should take precautions and give an extra key to someone – in fact, I am also planning to practise to open my door the way the guy from the locksmith service did – just in case…
It made me think though:
I know it may be a cheap comparison to some of you, but being shut out is real and very unpleasant, and I thought:
“Thank GOD that it’s only my flat door that I am shut out of.”
Rejection or being denied access – this immediately affects our sense of self-worth, I am not allowed in, I am less than the ones inside – in my case, there was no one inside, otherwise, I could have just knocked and they would have opened the door – hopefully, if they lived in the same place with me, they would have 😉
What if I were standing at the gates of heaven?
Would I be allowed in?
Will I be?
Actually, I do believe I will be.
It is the hope I have.
Sometimes, it is the only thing that keeps me going…I mainly believe that because there is someone else living there, someone who knows me and who loves me and who will open the door for me.
Well, if for some reason I wouldn’t be allowed to enter heaven, I would at least not have shut myself out by carelessness or by deliberately not taking the key with me – and I am doing a lot in my life every day to make sure I won’t be denied access through these gates… doing a lot to cherish the relationship with the one who lives there…
Some people we know though, people who are denying CHRIST, they shut themselves out.
Or some people who know the truth, but choose to disobey or ignore it.
Being locked out of a house is one thing – and it is temporary and it only costs some money to get back in, too.
But being locked out of heaven eternally?
Being told that you can’t come in there?
Even the idea gives me the chills!
I mean, THAT moment will make anyone want to rewind their lives!
Shame, regret and frustration is probably nowhere near to what everyone would feel in that moment.
Can you even imagine?
Me, I can’t really.
That moment when JESUS will tell you that HE doesn’t have your name in HIS book and that you can’t go to heaven…?
I don’t think I can imagine what this would be like.
And I don’t really want to go there.
At the same time, it will happen to some people.
And perhaps it is good to remind ourselves every once in a while that it IS a possibility – hopefully not for us, but also, have we done all we can to prevent this from happening to others?
In my case, I am doing what I can to follow CHRIST, to live a holy life, even doing my best to bring HIM to others, the ones I know, my family, my co-workers, going out on the streets often, doing my best to be a living testimony, an example of what a person who has THE HOLY SPIRIT in them may look like, may act like, may talk like, may walk through life like.
And I wanted to use this incident as a reminder for us all.
We need to prepare for standing at the gates of heaven one day.
We need to make sure we have the keys with us.
And we need to remind others to take their “keys” as well.
Dear friends, if there is someone you know, someone whom you know is living in sin, and you haven’t talked to them about it and about the consequences, please consider doing so and consider doing so today or very soon, because we never know how much time we have left before JESUS is coming back.
Or if you examine your own life and find something in it, something which is displeasing to THE LORD and which you know you shouldn’t be doing, please repent and ask HIS forgiveness and also ask HIM to help you stop doing it – HE will!
This little shock of the door being shut in front of my face woke me up and made me once again realize how serious this is, how eternal the consequences of our deeds here on earth and here in this life are and how little time we may have left.
Once more am I SO grateful that JESUS came and rescued me!
Rescued me out of a life where I was literally without any clue about all this, about the truth, where I was living in total darkness… and HE came and showed me the truth and the light – and HE even gave me the keys to the kingdom, HALLELUJAH! THANK YOU JESUS!
Invite someone in today, my friend.
Or if you happen to not be part of the family yet, please give your life to THE LORD!
You can do so right now and right here if you wish, you can say this prayer from your heart (or use your own words):
“Dear Heavenly Father, I acknowledge and confess that I have not lived my life for YOU to this day, but have been living for myself and in sin and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need YOU in my life; I want YOU in my life.
I recognize the completed work of YOUR only begotten Son JESUS CHRIST in giving HIS life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart JESUS is LORD and that HE was raised from the dead and ask for YOUR forgiveness, which YOU have made freely available to me through this sacrifice.
Come into my life now, LORD!
Take up residence in my heart and be my KING, my LORD, and my SAVIOUR!
From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow YOU all the days of my life. Those days are in YOUR hands.
I ask this Jesus name.
If you have just prayed this prayer, congratulations and welcome home, my dear brother or sister!
It would be good for you now to get a bible, start reading it and also find some more mature believers to answer your questions and instruct you further in the faith, preferably if you could find a local church where you can find friends and answers. If you have any questions or need any help, please get in touch here via the contact page.
And if you have been a believer before, please think about your own life plus about the people you know and consider sharing this or the GOOD NEWS with them.
I hope and pray that this would inspire, heal and bless you. And that THE LORD will bless you abundantly in all areas of your life, that HE would keep you and shine HIS face upon you and bring you peace. In JESUS’ name I pray. AMEN.
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