We are a society of keys. Yes, keys. We have them for everything and use them to keep our stuff from people who think what’s mine is theirs. I remember a time when I pastored in Saskatchewan that on a cold winter Sunday morning you could see most of the cars in front of the church, sitting there not just unlocked but the keys in the ignition and the car running while the service was in progress.
How things have changed. We are a society that guards it’s possessions. After all, it’s good to be safe. Does that means our homes are safes where we lock our belongings and ourselves in? Look around your environment, how many locks and keys do you have and what are they guarding? There are keys for the house, the shed, the car, the motorcycle, garage, mailbox, and even our luggage. Which, just so you know, the airport security loves to cut off if you have them in place. Which means someone has invented lock cutters.
I saw an interesting suitcase at the airport last week. It looked like those people were a little over the top in keeping the case closed. There were locks on the two catches and I presume they were locked. Then they wrapped the case in plastic wrap. And not just one layers but many, many layers. In the middle of the layers, they had even added four bungee cords.
Do you know what God told us to guard? He said, “Guard your heart”. He says it in Proverbs and then adds to it in Philippians where we read; “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. There are so many things in our lives that we guard and we sometimes neglect the most important thing we possess and that is a heart that seeks after God. We read trash, and watch deplorable tv and in some cases we lock our heart away from God for six days a week. What’s with that? Maybe we need to be over the top in guarding out heart.
Read that verse again and then go and unlock your heart to God and lock the darkness of this world away from it. Then all will be well with your soul.
Something to think about