Easter Sunday after church, I was invited to have lunch with some Brazilian friends. My friends have a sixteen month old baby boy who likes to climb and has already figured out how to open doors, so they have a childproof safety latch up high on the doors in the apartment including one on the balcony door.
Their little boy had warmed up to me and looked at me wanting to go out on the balcony with me. I was glad to spend a little time with him on the balcony, so I proceeded to open the door. One problem. The childproof latch needed to be opened. It had a part that needs to be slid out to release it.
When I tried to slide out the part, it would not cooperate with me. Perhaps my finger lacked the manual dexterity to accomplish the task. Perhaps my mechanical aptitude was not up to the task. It was a humbling moment as I, the oldest person there, was not able to open the childproof safety latch.
In my defense, I am not a mechanical engineer or rocket scientist. I am a simple English Second Language teacher. 🙂
Eventually I prevailed and opened the door and was able to spend some quality time on the balcony with their little boy all five minutes of it. Typical for a child that age he quickly decided to go explore elsewhere.
Fortunately for us, entering into the presence of God has no childproof latch. Jesus has already opened the way for us to enter God’s presence. Hebrews 10::19-22 says:
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water
Because of Jesus’s sacrifice on our behalf, the way has been opened for us to enter the holiest place of God’s presence. It does not depend on our performance. It does not depend on us performing rituals, being perfect, or any work. We can enter solely because of what Jesus did for us. We enter based on what Jesus did for us.
Next time I visit my friends, I will know how to open that childproof latch too 🙂
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
3 thoughts on “Story Time- A Childproof Latch”
Good analogy Matt. My grandkids showed me how to open their childproof latches with a stern warning “don’t tell mom”
grandkids can be so much fun