“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 16:19).
I thought I was ready until I saw my father hold them out and say, “Here are the keys. You drive.” In that moment all the implications and responsibilities of operating an automobile weighed heavily upon my shoulders. Jesus‘ statement to Peter should not be understood as an initiation of apostolic succession but, rather, a recognition of the magnitude of this ministry and mission being entrusted to him and to us. As shaky as I was when taking the car keys, I am more shaken by the notion of handling the keys to the Kingdom.