In the distance music softly fills the air as two teenage boys are walking down the street. They hear music and cannot figure where it is coming from. They continue to walk toward where the music seemingly is coming from when they see a church as they round the corner.
One boy approaches the front door. “I’m going to peak in,” he states and puts his hand on the door knob.
“You don’t want to do that! It’s just a bunch of old people singing those religious songs.” The other boy announces.
The boy tries to turn the door knob but it doesn’t turn.
“Come on. Let’s get outta here.” The other boy states while tugging on his friend’s arm.
A Man walks up to them and the boys turn in fear that they have done something wrong. The Man smiles and says, “It’s okay. I’m glad to see you want to enter My church.”
The boy removes his hand from the door knob and asks, “Are you the preacher?”
“You could say that. I am the head of the church, or I’m supposed to be.” The Man replies.
The other boy tugs on his friend’s arm and snarls, “Let’s go!”
“Why can’t I get in?” The boy asks, jerking his arm away from his friend.
The Man looks at the boy intently and states, “In order to be a part of the body of Christ you must have a key. Do you want the key?”
The boy looks to his friend, then back at the Man. “Yeah, I think so.”
The Man hands the boy a large key. The boy looks at it and printed in large letters across the key is “Faith.”
Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God.”
There are many that fill the pews of a church and listen to the Word, mouth the songs, and glance at their watches wondering when it will be over. God has given us grace to journey through this life. He assures us He is always with us yet many do not cling to that promise. It is by faith that we can walk with Him. If we do not believe His promises, if we do not receive the grace He offers, we have become our own gods. To trust Him is to believe He is the Creator, the Lord and Savior, and that He died for our sins. He states that His grace is sufficient and it is through faith that we learn it is.