Thursday, January 12, 2012
The key hoarder and the masterkey
Over the years, I am sure we have accumulated a lot of keys, whether for drawers, suitcases, cabinets, cars, padlocks, doors, gates and so forth. The strange thing is that many of us do not remember what many of these keys are for, whether they are replicates or are now useless. It would be nice to have a masterkey for all those keys, and that will make life much easier. It can be a solution to someone who has a perversion for key hoarding.
Today, in the technological world, we now use “passwords” and “usernames” to access a variety of activities – be it to work or home computers, subscriptions, banking or social networking and so on. Over time, we tend to forget our passwords or usernames or we jumble them up, not unless we are diligent enough to record them and update the changes in our notebook. To complicate life further, some workplaces require passwords be changed periodically. Imagine the frustration to discover that you are not able to access your work computer after coming back from a long vacation because your old password has expired. Not only that, you have also forgotten your old password which prevents you from getting a new password without having to go through the IT guys . Won’t it be nice to have just one unique password and username per person to access all computer related activities?
Today, in the Christian world, Christians are usually given keys, strategies or principles of all facets of Christian living during Sunday sermons by the preacher. The keys or principles usually strike nothing more than the common chord of to do more, strive more, pray more, be kind more, be holy more, be generous more, be excellent more, be loving more, be active in church more…….. and more of “more” ……the sermons boil down to nothing more than to have more self-effort devoid of Christ i.e. to use the flesh more. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against good works that naturally flow out from our love of God but I am against works that is motivated from earning or working for the blessings of God.
Imagine for a moment you have been given an average of 4 keys per sermon. How many keys or principles would you have accumulated per year? 208 keys. If you have been a Christian for 10 years, you would have in your arsenal, 2080 keys. Further, you would also have increased your array with other strategies you accumulated from Christian books and videos. Wow, what a mouthful! What a heavy burden to carry over the years…the load gets heavier and heavier each year. Thanks to the fact that many of us would not have remembered all the 4 keys per sermon the very moment we are out of the church building, otherwise, we would be flattened with the load of 2080 keys!. Won’t it be nice just to have one masterkey for all the sermons afterall?
As christian key hoarders, perhaps it is a brilliant idea to start ransacking our collection and throw away the useless keys. I know it is always difficult for a hoarder to throw away his own junks ; hoarders love and feel secure amongst the junks; he needs outside help!. The good news is that as believers, we already have an outside helper, the Holy Spirit who is currently residing in us. Not only that, the Holy Spirit can also give us one masterkey to live our Christian life so that we need not hoard anymore.
Over time, we will eventually realise as we allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us, that there is a temporary old covenant[of law, works and flesh] and that there is also an the everlasting new covenant [of the Spirit and grace], established through the death and crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit, if we allow Him to work in us, will continue to ursher us into the everlasting new covenant through the renewal of our mind, and to empower us to leave behind the legacy of the old covenant. Once our mind is enlightened, we will know effortlessly which useless keys to throw away … obviously all the temporary old covenant related keys of the flesh and self-effort and to keep …all the everlasting new covenant related keys of the Spirit, grace and freedom. As a result, the Holy Spirit has already helped us lighten our burden in the process...the Holy Spirit has now enabled us to throw away our junks without which we are unable with our own strength.
Once we have the all the new covenant related keys, the Holy Spirit will lead us to discover that there is one common thread, the everlasting masterkey, which runs across all keys: trust, faith and walk in Him, by grace and not by works [law,self-effort or fles].
Consider the following verses :
8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of your selves: it is the gift of God:9: Not of works, lest any man should boast
6: As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.
6: And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
5: But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
10: For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11: But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Successful christian living is not directly related to collecting more keys; in fact, it is inversely related…the more keys you have, the more troubled, burdensome and condemned you become. The goodnews is that we already have the God of how much more:
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" Luke 11:13
Once I have Him, I have much more and I am already full, I do need to be frustrated with any more keys that are useless. The Pharisees love keys to bits [ they love to add more laws and regulations to existing laws that Moses gave eventhough they already had trouble keeping].
I only need one masterkey engraved in my life that I will never forget, which is not burdensome, yet everlasting and more than enough to sustain my Christian walk,.. the grace of God and His life inside me that unlock the prison door into freedom and liberty. Christian living is meant to be simple and uncomplicated. I need not be a frustrated key hoarder anymore.