My elderly neighbor locked herself out of her house. She had gone out to get her early morning paper, and somehow locked the door behind her. She was beyond frustrated, and in a bit of a panic. I brought her into my home and gave her a cup of coffee while my husband tried to break into her house. What would you do? If you’re a decent person, you would do your best to help her, just as we did. If we hadn’t helped, she would have gone to someone else, and who knows what kind of help she would have received.
Now, imagine your friend being locked out of the Kingdom of Heaven, and they came to you for help, but you were too busy to lend a hand, or give them guidance. You can guarantee that they will seek help somewhere else, but what they may find could be of a different spirit, and lead them in the wrong direction. People don’t know that the answer to their problems is Jesus, and will seek help anywhere they can find it. Be the one who leads them to Jesus, who is the keys to the kingdom.
Just as my husband was about to break her lock, another good neighbor came over with a key. You may not know all the answers, but be a part of the process of giving hope.
"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6