Where are the doorkeepers?
Mark 13: 33-37 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”
Who is the most important person when the man goes away?
Surely those who are in charge? Those who have important tasks of the house? After all when the man returns he needs to come to a home which is still functioning.
The Church is filled with amazing achievements and stories coming from worship to the influence the church is having in the world. Are these the most important tasks?
Maybe not. So what is?
I think it is the doorkeeper, the gatekeeper, the watchman.
In the Temple we see the importance of the doorkeeper, amongst other things:
- They guarded the gates, closing and opening them at the right time. (1 Chronicles 9: 23-27)
- They were given authority to prevent anything unclean entering. (2 Chronicles 23:19)
Whatever happens to our churches happens because of the doorkeeper, whether they are in post or not.
“I have posted watchman on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth.” Isaiah 62:6-7.
Every Church needs doorkeepers:
- That are appointed
- That continually pray and call on God.
- They do not rest from the work until …
“For years Christians have known that every great spiritual awakening is born in a remnant committed to prayer. Countless books call people to prayer and emphasise the importance God places on His people’s praying. Yet we must answer one sobering question: If prayer is so important, why do most Christians and churches do so little of what God deems essential? We have more money, more buildings, more ministries, more media, and more people but less power than at any time in church history. We have ministers for every age group. Yet few Christians can claim that they are spiritually stronger today than they were a year ago.
We measure the success of our churches in comparison to others, saying “we are making a difference,” but on our best Sunday our combined attendance is dwarfed by the number of unchurched people. When one considers these facts, an obvious cry grips the heart. There must be more. Where is the power? The answer, quite simply, is that power has always been accessible. We are the ones who have not been available.
Every great spiritual awakening, in our nation and around the world, has had as its foundation a people who were committed to prayer.
Today we have the same opportunity for revival. We stand at the door of a passing opportunity at a critical hour in our history. Our response to this call to prayer could determine if we as a people see the glory of God and experience an outpouring of His Spirit on us or if we continue with business as usual: great churches with great fellowship and great people but with little power.” Watchman by Larry L.Thompson.
Jesus says that when the man leaves the house the doorkeeper position becomes crucial.
Friends, the man has left the house. But he is returning. Where are the doorkeepers?
The doorkeeper keeps the house longing for the man’s return.
And in the meantime continues to open the gates for visitations of blessing and closes the gates to destructive influencers.
Do you have doorkeepers? Are you one?