At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way! “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:25-30
Recently I was out of town at a conference and while I was away, my husband forgot I was gone. Here’s the story. We set the house alarm before going to bed. I am usually the first one up to turn off the alarm and let our dog outside. My husband got up and went straight to the door to let our dog out and the alarm sounded. Of course the alarm company called wanting to know the password. He proceeded to tell them the alarm code that we punch in every time we use it. They told him this was not the password and he said he didn’t know it then. He hung up and moments later, the County Sheriff arrived at the front door. They wanted to see his identification to make sure he was the homeowner before leaving the property.
I started thinking about how this relates to Jesus and knowing the password. Jesus doesn’t ask us the passcode, he asks us the password. Think of it this way, being religious represents a passcode and having a relationship with Christ is the password. Have you been religious in attending church and doing for God yet not relational with God through Jesus? Jesus invites all to know the password to come to him and once you know Jesus Christ you have the password for life here and for eternity with God.
The moral to the story is this, don’t let the Sheriff find you without the password aka the proper Identification in Christ because the passcode won’t get you into heaven.