I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Matthew 16: 19
Keys are just an object, they are a piece of metal with a certain shape, and then a certain shape in order to open and lock doors. People are given these massive keys to cities to say that they are of importance to that area. I will never forget the first car I had, and be given the keys to the car, and the amazing sense of freedom and power I had in order to be able to drive the car.
Jesus is giving Simon Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven. This is a way of saying, you are important, and your actions will have an impact in heaven. What we do on earth will have an impact in heaven. If we treat people in power with justice, and treat those on the margin unjustly, then this will have an impact on heaven. When we treat people on the margins with justice and compassion, this will have an impact in heaven.
What we each do on earth matters, and will have an impact beyond here. If we loose justice, compassion, and love on earth, this will be loosed in heaven. What an amazing impact our actions have, not only here.
Prayer: Gracious God, we give you thanks that you have taught us how to show compassion and love to those who live on the margins and have received very little compassion. Help us to create a world full of justice, compassion, and love, so that this world can be carried into heaven. May we continue to follow your example in all we say and do. Amen.
Action: Who is one person who you can show compassion and love to this week? Go do it.