As a Pastor one of the most frequently asked questions I get is, what is God's will for my life, the second most frequently asked question is how do I hear the voice of God? These two questions reveal many things, one people are not reading their bibles and two people are not being discipled. The Bible is riddled with God's will for our lives and God's word is the voice of God, so we need to disciple people on how to understand what they read and how to discern what they are hearing.
I have been an avid Bible reader for over 25 years and every day I learn something new, for the word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). Today, I learned that the primary assignment of every Christian is to be a doorkeeper. I know it is not a glamorous assignment, but it is primary and if we neglect our primary assignment all other assignments will prove to be of no effect. Mark 13:33-34 says, "Take heed, keep on alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come. It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on alert." The doorkeeper, Jesus said, is to stay on alert.
Other names in Scripture for doorkeeper are watchman or virgin. In Matthew 25 we read of the 10 virgins that were to be prepared and watch, and in Ezekiel 3 and 33 we read about being a watchman who speaks what we hear and see. Jesus says we are to be on alert, so we are not deceived, caught off guard, or unaware of the signs of the times. In these last days, it is critical that we return to our primary assignment to be doorkeepers, who are on alert, watching, waiting, looking, seeking, for the time is drawing near. Deception will increase in these last days, so returning to our primary assignment is critical for our safety as Christians. No one else can be a doorkeeper for your life, you have to do it and this is an every person job.
The Psalmist said in Psalm 84:10, "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."
It is obvious that we are in the last of the last days, so I say this as a warning and encouragement, it is long overdue that we return to our primary assignment of being a doorkeeper that stays on alert.
Lisa Great is an author, speaker and blogger with Mouthpiece Ministries International. She has been in ministry for over 25 years, she has a BA in Youth and Family Studies, a MA in Education. She can be reached at mouthpieceministries.net;