Jesus’ mirror turns everything around.
We say, “While there’s life there’s hope.” Jesus holds up the mirror and reverses the words, “While there’s hope there’s life.” We say, “I’ll believe it if I see it.” Jesus says, “You’ll see it if you believe it.” No wonder people struggle with his teaching. It’s always back to front.
Sunday morning there is one thing that is more important than all others before I leave the house and head towards church. It’s not whether I’ve had my morning shower, or put on my Sunday best outfit. It’s not whether I’ve had my breakfast or had a shave. It’s not even whether I have picked up my iPad and had one last look at the message I will soon preach. The most important thing I do is seek and find my set of car keys. Without them the rest will be of no use. The car can have a tank full of petrol, the rear-view mirror adjusted and the tyres well inflated but without the keys to the car I am going nowhere.
The key we need to go anywhere in our service of Christ is faith. And faith is the key to being spiritually reborn into the kingdom of God (John 3:3). The ‘vehicle’ of my life of service in the kingdom of God goes nowhere if I don’t use the key called faith to turn the engine on. When Peter responded, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” to Jesus’ question, “Who do say I am?” the Lord knew he had responded in faith (Matthew 16:15-19). Peter’s faith enabled him to see what all the religious leaders of that time could not see. Jesus knew Peter had seen something that faithless eyes could not see. And the reward for his faith was that he would hold “the keys of the kingdom.” He would be free to work with the same power which Jesus had.
Faith is the key.