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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Key (02/14/13)

TITLE: Locks and Keys
By William Stevenson


Someone said, “Locks are only there to keep the unwanted out.” That may be true, but without a key who hasn’t found themselves kept out.
Do you remember that time when you came home late from the elders meeting to find that your wife had locked the doors and was fast asleep in the upstairs bedroom; the guilty feeling, not to mention the extreme embarrassment, as you made efforts to get into your own home. Were the neighbours watching? Did they think that your wife no longer wanted you? And the police, would they think you were trying to break in?
Or the time when you fetched that book from the boot of your car and later discovered you had lost your car keys. The embarrassment of having to call a mechanic or the automobile association to come and assist you. What a fool you felt explaining how you had come to lock your keys in the boot.
Can you remember what relief you felt when the salesman said, “This new car has the latest keyless entry.” You imagined, “Never again will I be locked out.” But shock, horror, when you came out of church to get something out of your car, it just would not open: the remote failed. You still had your key, but this car had keyless entry. Almost everyone in the church had a go, but without avail. You phoned someone you knew. “I have keyless entry and it doesn’t work. It is Sunday so I can’t get hold of the people who sold it to me. What now?”
Once again a call to the automobile association and a wait for the mechanic. One of your comforters reminds you that any other car could be opened with the key, but keyless entry? When the mechanic from the automobile association arrives he slides up a little flap and opens your car with your key. Again you’re embarrassed. Why didn’t the salesman explain? If he had done the novelty of keyless entry would have been destroyed.
I hear a voice behind me saying, “Life’s like that. You just have to know how to use the key.”
That’s true, all of us find ourselves painted into a corner that we can’t get out of. Some through gambling, some through drugs including alcohol, and others through lies we have told or things we have done that we regret. The Bible sums it up in the words, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and goes on to warn us that the wages of sin is death. What on earth can we do? Every past attempt to put things right has only ended in failure and made things worse. How can any person change his skin or a leopard lose his spots?
We are really in a difficult place. The same Bible promises that whoever calls on the Lord will be saved. Here’s the Key. Who is this Lord that we must call upon? He is none other than the only true son of God, Jesus of Nazareth. How can He help? Firstly as God the Son he has the power and ability to help us and then to show just how much He is willing, He was born of a virgin as promised in prophecy. He lived on earth and was willingly crucified so that our sins could be forgiven, and on the third day He rose from the grave and was seen alive by over five hundred witnesses at one time. He then stayed another forty days with His disciples before ascending into heaven.
His resurrection from the dead assures us that He can give us the power and authority to be the children of God. Call on Jesus and accept the key to life He freely offers to all who will believe.
“Whoever will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved.” What are you waiting for?

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C D Swanson 02/23/13
Beautiful message and wonderful devotion to our Lord. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/24/13
I totally enjoyed this article. You had me smiling and chuckling throughout the whole beginning. You painted some vivid pictures for me and I really enjoyed them.

The one thing I might suggest would be instead of using the universal you, use the first person I, me. By saying I locked my keys in the trunk of my car, that allows the reader to not only relate to the story, but also to relate to you. It makes the devotion feel less like a lecture and more like a friend who is trying to help another learn the truth about God.

I think you did a delightful job on the topic. Though there have been many similar articles this week, your descriptions of bumbles pulled me in and made me want to keep reading. Your Biblical references were spot on. You left me with a warm fuzzy feeling when I finished reading this well-written piece.