I am often reminded that I have a bad habit of leaving my keys in my car. I’m not sure why I do that but I justify it by saying it’s more convenient and besides it’s only when my car is in the garage… or my driveway. And … well … I probably shouldn’t do that. Why? Because someone could steal my car of course! And keys are really important.

I remember my very first car and the keys on that lucky rabbit’s foot key chain. My first car was a very beat up Chevy Impala that I had purchased for $50. None of that mattered though because with those keys in my hand a whole new world opened up to me. Suddenly I could go wherever I wanted whenever I wanted. No more trying to borrow someone’s car or begging someone for a ride. Because it was all mine!

Something else came with those keys though. Responsibility because it was all mine! That $50 car still needed gas and oil and soon a battery, and then something was wrong with the carburetor. And imagine my surprise when I discovered it was still fast enough to get me a speeding ticket!

Here’s my point.

Those keys gave me two things that taught me a powerful lesson.

The keys gave me
• Authority (which I welcomed)
• Responsibility (which I was unprepared for)

The Lesson
• By accepting the keys I had to learn I accepted BOTH the authority and responsibility

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The car was mine so I could go where I wanted when I wanted – that’s authority. And when it needed gas, oil or repair – it was mine – that’s responsibility.

Keys are wonderful things whether it’s for a new home, a new car or you’re given a key on the job. In each situation when you accept the key you accept both the authority and the responsibility that comes with that key.

Let’s say you’ve been given the keys to a building. You need to understand the parameters of the authority and responsibility you have. Is your job to make sure the building is open to customers or do you lock the door to keep the building and its contents safe? Maybe it’s both? Keys bring authority and responsibility.

So … what do you suppose God meant when he said …

Matthew 16:19 (AMP)19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.

Jesus gave His church the keys to the Kingdom. When you said yes to Jesus in your life you were given keys. Not just any keys but the keys of the Kingdom. And when you accept the keys you accept both the authority and responsibility that comes with the keys! But here’s the most important question. Do you understand the parameters of the authority and the responsibility that these key’s bring?

So let me ask you again … Have you got your keys?