In the Court of God

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84v10 (NIV)

Flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1986, I was on my way to the Philippine Islands with a YWAM DTS* outreach team. Sitting next to me were two middle-aged women from California, dressed in very chic outfits. When I asked them why they were going to the PI, they replied that they were just going to go shopping for the weekend! Here they sat on a plane surrounded by young people who'd scraped together every penny they had to buy plane tickets to go and live among the lowliest of circumstances, to minister to prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers and beggars. The contrast could not have been more blatant, and this verse hit me like a thunderbolt. 

Someone can have everything on earth, and be miserable; others can have nothing on earth, and be wealthy. Abraham was an example of someone who had both riches and wealth. Riches are the possessions of this earth that facilitate life-quality; wealth comes from God, and is not dependent on the systems of this world. If you have assurance of salvation, a loving spouse, health, children (whether spiritual or physical), or a hundred other blessings, you are wealthy.  

My life goal is to be a wealthy doorkeeper. From the world's perspective, that might sound like I don't have all the cups in my cupboard; but from a heavenly perspective, it makes perfect sense.

One of my "spiritual daughters" from that brief window of time in the Philippines is now a full-time missionary there, along with her husband and children. It's a humbling thing to be a doorkeeper; but the fringe benefits are out of this world.

Lord Jesus, show me how to be a doorkeeper for you in my daily life. Help me to walk through the "open doors" you put before me, holding them open for those whom you send across my path. Amen.