Posted by: reformbama | September 28, 2011

Have You Forgotten Your Key?

God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, 
you may have an abundance for every good deed.
2 Corinthians 9:8

A pastor I know of was conducting a series of meetings in several churches in North and South Carolina. 
He was staying in the home of some close friends in Asheville and traveling each night to wherever he was 
speaking that evening.
One night he was scheduled to speak at a church in Greenville, South Carolina, which is several hours from Asheville.
Because he didn’t have a car, some friends from Greenville offered to transport him to and from the meeting.
When they arrived to pick him up, he bid farewell to his hosts and told them he hoped to be back by midnight 
or soon afterward.
After ministering at the Greenville church, he stayed awhile to enjoy some fellowship and then rode back to Asheville. 
Approaching the house, he saw the porch light on and assumed his hosts would be prepared for his arrival because 
he had discussed the time of his return with them. As he got out of the car, he sent his driver on his way, saying,
"You must hurry. You have a long drive back. I’m sure they’re prepared for me; I’ll have no problem.”
He felt the bitter cold of the winter night as he walked the long distance to the house. By the time he reached 
the porch, his nose and ears were already numb. He tapped gently on the door but no one answered. He tapped a 
little harder, and then even harder—but still no reply. Finally, concerned about the intense cold, he beat on the 
kitchen door and on a side window. But there was still no response.
Frustrated and becoming colder by the moment, he decided to walk to a neighboring house so he could call and awaken
his hosts. On the way he realized that knocking on someone’s door after midnight wasn’t a safe thing to do, so he 
decided to find a public telephone. It was as dark as it was cold, and the pastor wasn’t familiar with the area. Consequently he walked for several miles. At one point he slipped in the wet grass growing beside the road and slid down a bank into two feet of water. Soaked and nearly frozen, he crawled back up to the road and walked farther until he finally saw a blinking motel light. He awakened the manager, who was gracious enough to let him use the telephone.
The bedraggled pastor made the call and said to his sleepy host, “I hate to disturb you, but I couldn’t get anyone in the house to wake up. I’m several miles down the road at the motel. Could you come get me?”
To which his host replied, “My dear friend, you have a key in your overcoat pocket. Don’t you remember? I gave it to you before you left.”
The pastor reached into his pocket. Sure enough, there was the key.
That true story illustrates the predicament of Christians who try to gain access to God’s blessings through human 
means, all the while possessing Christ, who is the key to every spiritual blessing. He alone fulfills the deepest 
longings of our hearts and supplies every spiritual resource we need.
Believers have in Christ everything they will ever need to meet any trial, any craving, any difficulty they might
ever encounter in this life. Even the newest convert possesses sufficient resources for every spiritual need. 
From the moment of salvation each believer is in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) and Christ is in the believer (Col. 1:27). 
The Holy Spirit abides within as well (Rom. 8:9)—the Christian is His temple (1 Cor. 6:19). “Of His fulness we 
have all received, and grace upon grace” (John 1:16). So every Christian is a self-contained treasury of divinely 
bestowed spiritual affluence. There is nothing more—no great transcendental secret, no ecstatic experience, 
no hidden spiritual wisdom—that can take Christians to some higher plane of spiritual life. “His divine power 
has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us” 
(2 Pet. 1:3, emphasis added). “The true knowledge of Him” refers to a saving knowledge. To seek something more
is like frantically knocking on a door, seeking what is inside, not realizing you hold the key in your pocket.

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