A Doorkeeper in the House of God

April 25, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [elsewhere]. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Psalm 84:10)

When we meet someone, we often ask, “What do you do?” We may foolishly decide how much to value people by what occupation they hold. This psalm proclaims the blessedness of being a doorkeeper in the house of God.

Who of us does not feel awed unto unworthiness in the Presence of God? It is in His Presence that we “live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). In His Presence our joy is full. When we gaze upon Him, we are not looking around at each other’s standing, but we are together beholding Him whom we love. What might be a lowly job for one might be an ideal job for another. If you love God’s Presence, how perfect would it be to have the job to open the door into His Presence?  Notice that the Psalmist does not compare being the doorkeeper with a more prestigious job or with the wealth of the rich, but juxtaposes the job against living in the tents of wickedness.

The godly have God’s Presence as their home. They carry His Presence everywhere, and they invite people into that Presence. They are like the folks who stay late after the party, saying goodbye first in the living room, then in the kitchen, then on the doorstep, then just outside the doorstep because they are having a wonderful time and do not want to leave. Such are those that love the Presence of God. They gate-keep themselves from going anywhere or doing anything that would quench that Presence. A life lived in God’s Presence is not one to be traded for all the money, riches, or prestige in the world. The opposite is a life lived in the tents of the wicked. You do not want to dwell there. 

We are able to welcome people into the Presence of God by a humble life, a hospitable spirit, and a clean heart. Many yearn for the refuge of the Presence of God but do not yet experience it. This is not a job just for “worship leaders” but for all of God’s people who live before Him and know His love.

You carry the fragrance of Jesus when you abide in Him and go forth into the world that smells of hate, and sin, and death.  Go forth and spread His Fragrance among the nations. People are dying to know Him and smell the fragrance of His beauty. It’s not a lowly place to hold the door open for people to come into God’s house; it is a privilege and an honor. 

Maranatha.

Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email 
rmslosek@comcast.net

Passion for the House of God 

February 1, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?” (Haggai 1:4 ESV)

It is easy, especially amongst the comforts of the western world, to become focused on our own interests, even our own spiritual interests, and forget that we should be focused on our Father’s business. As Jesus was found in the temple when He was expected to be on his way back to his natural family’s home in Nazareth, He was surprised that His parents didn’t know where to find Him. Our interests: where our time is spent, our focus, and our passions, predict where we will be found. 

The prophet Haggai speaks forth the heart of God to the people and the leaders of Israel.  He tells them that they are putting their own lives, their own needs, their own interests before the restoration of the house of God. Cyrus had permitted them to return to their land, but rebuilding the temple was a tall order and would require much attention and work.  It was easier to focus on what they needed for their own lives rather than giving all their attention to rebuilding His House so they could all honor God and worship Him together.

Has anything changed?  We must admit that we sometimes neglect the corporate nature of our lives together. As Christians, we are living stones that are being built together! We cannot isolate from each other. We can find ourselves distracted from doing our Father’s business together by self-interest and self-seeking.

Perhaps we should be to ourselves as Haggai, a prophet, calling ourselves back to rebuilding the house of God. We need to examine what has fallen in the Body of Christ and what does not honor, represent, or glorify Him. We need to call each other back to a burning passion to see the glory of God come fully to the house of God, of which all believers are members. Zeal for His house should consume us. Holiness should refine us. Passion for His purposes should inflame us. Wholeheartedness should drive out any lesser preoccupation. 

Part of the Maranatha cry is a cry for the house of God to be whole, for Jesus to rule over us and to have our entire hearts.  Let us lavish our full attention upon Him as we prepare for the fullness of the coming age! He shall surely have our attention and Israel’s on the Day that He returns. We who know Him and love Him should be both hastening that Day not only with the Maranatha cry, but also living together in a corporate foretaste of the fullness of His coming glory.  Maranatha. 

Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email
rmslosek@comcast.net