21 Day Challenge – Day 12 – Are You a Gatekeeper?

Today’s post comes from Joshua Jurjevich, Student Minister at C3.

Today, on day 12 of our 21 Day Challenge, we are looking at Psalms 82-88

Key Scripture: Psalms 84:10 (NLT)
A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

Psalms 84 is such a wonderful chapter. During my time in the Leadership College I held onto the verse Psalms 84:10. I had many different pathways to choose from for my life. I came to a conclusion during my time in the Leadership College that whatever I may do, I will choose to spend my life serving God’s house. The Psalmist says “I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than to live the good life in the homes of the wicked.” It is interesting that he chose to use “gatekeeper” as an example. 

A couple things about a gatekeeper:
1. A gatekeeper is significant.
Don’t ever think what you are doing is insignificant. A gatekeeper may sound insignificant, but he is responsible for deciding who to allow into the house and who to turn away. If the gatekeeper allowed the wrong person into the house there would be trouble. The gatekeepers’ job is very significant. Whatever you do to serve others may seem small, but is very significant.

2. A gatekeeper is a protector
The job of the gatekeeper is to be a protector. It is important that we protect our friends, family and church.

3. A gatekeeper is sacrificial
A gatekeeper is a sacrificial person. The gatekeeper will not be inside the house where the party is being held. In fact, the gatekeeper has to stand outside, usually by himself, whether it is cold or rainy. A gatekeeper is a sacrificial person.

Prayer Focus: I really want to be a gatekeeper for God. I pray that we would have the same spirit that this Psalmist had. As we continue to press into God during this time of prayer and fasting, let’s ask that He would give us a serving spirit.