In 1918 the United States government finished the construction on Fort Knox. Fort Knox is where you want to go if you're interested in stealing 5000 tons of gold. It's the only place in the United States, or in the world, that you could do that. But here's the problem---if you tried to break into Fort Knox, you would find that the sides have granite walls that are four feet thick. This would prevent you from getting into the sides of the building. If you say, okay, I will tunnel my way in. I'll dig under, then dig up. Good luck! Down underneath it is a number of feet of concrete. After you get through the concrete you have ten feet of granite that this building sits on. Let's hypothetically say you made it in. Once you got in, you'd find a vault. The vault itself has a 22 ton door that blocks the way to get into that 5000 tons of gold that you're looking for. If you say, "Well, I'm not going to break the door down, I'm just going to pick the lock." You would need ten employees who work at Fort Knox, and each one of them have A portion of THE code that allows you to get into the door. None of the others know the other parts of the code, they just know their own. You need all ten parts of that code. Let's say, hypothetically, that you actually made it into the vault, in order to get out, you would have to get passed the 30,000 military people who are stationed there. Good luck!! There's a reason why that at the beginning of the second World War most European nations stored their gold here. The Magna Carta was stored there. The Declaration of Independence was stored there. The Crown Jewels from the United Kingdom were stored there. The vault is said to be atomic bomb proof.
We protect the things that are important to us, don't we? We guard the things that are important to us. It's the reason that it takes an hour to get through the security line at the airport. We guard the things that are important to us, don't we? We put a hedge around them and we protect them. Here's the thing, if you're a follower of Jesus this morning, the Scriptures are going to talk to us about guarding the things that are most important to us. If you're not a follower of Christ this morning, you get to look in on what OUR Fort Knox should be as followers of Christ. We've made it a lot of different things. If you were to do a straw-poll --- What's the most important.....what's the thing we're suppose to guard above all else, as followers of Christ? You'd probably hear....well, it's important for us to guard good theology. Totally agree. It's important for us to guard having the right world view. Totally agree. It's important for us to guard the religious liberties and the rights that we have. I agree. But it's not our Fort Knox. It's not the thing that we're called to guard above all else. If you want to find out what it is, open with me to 1 John 2....."