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The Keeper of the Keys

As we approach another New Year we are again aware that the future holds many mysteries for us. Will it be a year of poverty or prosperity? Will it be a year of happiness or sorrow? Will it be a year of life or death? Who knows? While we do not know what the future holds, we can know who holds the future. The future is in God’s hands.

The Romans named January for Janus, the Roman god of portals. He was depicted as a two-faced, one-headed being who could look forward and backward at the same time. In his hand are keys for according to their superstitious mythology he is in charge of all doors, entrances, and gates.

If they had only known it, the Keeper of the Keys is not Janus but Christ. In fact, the Bible often describes Christ as “He that hath the keys.”

Christ holds the keys of life and death. Your life is continually in his hands. He alone has the power to give life or to take it away.

Christ holds the keys to heaven and hell. He alone has the power to open to you the door of eternal life. No person reaches heaven except through him.

Christ holds the keys to future opportunities. It is Jesus who is “He that openeth and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.”

If the English word for doorkeeper “janitor” is a derivation from Janus, why not Christianize the idea this January by making Christ himself the "janitor" of our lives at the opening of every day and every door of the year? 

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Today's Devotional

Applied Christianity

I once talked with a man who was convinced that Christianity was a failure. His conclusion was based on the fact that while our cities are full of churches and preachers, our world is getting worse and worse.

If you think about this criticism, you must agree that there is much religion in America that has little effect on the daily lives of people. While the number of church members may grow each year, so does lawlessness and immorality. But does this mean that Christianity is a failure? No. At the close of World War I a soap manufacturer, walking down the street with his pastor, was bemoaning the “failure” of Christianity. He said to his pastor, “After 19 centuries of preaching and teaching Christ, there is still so much evil in the world. I don’t see how you can go on preaching the Gospel.” 

“I don’t see how you can go on manufacturing soap,” retorted the pastor. “Look at the little urchin playing in the gutter. Neck and ears filthy. There’s still so much dirt in the world. Soap is such a failure.”

“But,” countered the soap manufacturer, “If people will just apply the soap, they’ll be clean.”

“Yes,” concluded the pastor, “and if men will but apply Christ to their daily living, they will also be clean.” 

The evil of today’s world is not due to Christianity’s failure, but to our failure to apply our Christianity. As writer G.K. Chesterton said, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and not tried."

Attend church Sunday, listen to God’s word, then apply it to your daily life and you and the world will both be better because of it.

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