Gate Keeper for the Lord

The Wedding Cake
The Wedding Cake

A “Gate Keeper” is the person who “Protects” the “Gate.” The “Gate” is a figure of speech and not often literal, however there are some people who physically make it their mission to keep others from meeting and rubbing shoulders with persons who are in critical leadership and management positions. We all have encountered the “Gate Keeper.”

For example, the “Gate Keeper” is the person who reads your recipe looks you dead in the eye and then tells you that Mr. or Ms. so and so, who have the power to hire you, promote you, give you a raise, do not have time to meet you.

You know you are good. You know you are smart. You know that this job means so much to you that you really want it and all you need is an interview with a key decision maker, but that no good, snotty nosed “Gate Keeper” will not let you get close.

Jesus had the same problem. His ministry was in high gear. In the 19th chapter of Matthew, Jesus turns the proverbial corner and heads from his home base in the Galilee to one last trip up to Jerusalem. In every little town he comes to, Jesus is healing the sick and passing out blessings. While on the other side of the Jordan River, crowds flocked to Jesus, the disciples get possessive of Jesus and shut down the people with small children who only wanted the Lord to bless them and pray for them. Instead, the “Gate Keepers” in the disciples all of a sudden become the ones who block access to Jesus. Why did they do this?

  1. Perhaps some of the disciples gained a sense of power from being able to say no to the parents who only wanted Jesus to bless and pray for their children.
  2. Maybe some thought that by being “Gate Keepers” for Jesus that their own personal stock and value
  3. Maybe others just wanted only to be “Ugly” by pushing around people with children.

The musical group, “Three Dog Night” sang a song about heartless people called, “easy to be Hard”

How can people be so heartless?
How can people be so cruel?
Easy to be hard
Easy to be cold

How can people have no feelings?
How can they ignore their friends?
Easy to be proud
Easy to say no

And especially people
Who care about strangers
Who care about evil
And social injustice
Do you only
Care about the bleeding crowd?
How about a needing friend?
I need a friend

How can people be so heartless?
You know I’m hung up on you
Easy to be proud
Easy to say no

And especially people
Who care about strangers
Who care about evil
And social injustice
Do you only
Care about the bleeding crowd?
How about a needing friend?
I need a friend

How can people be so heartless?
How can people be so cruel?
Easy to be proud
Easy to say no
Easy to be cold
Easy to say no

C’mon
Easy to give in
Easy to say no
Easy to be cold
Easy to say no
Easy to say no
Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/three-dog-night/easy-to-be-hard-lyrics/#x4w9VXvTq7zZX2jk.99

 

Matthew 19: 13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went on his way. [1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. When was the last time you encountered a “Gate Keeper” who tried their best to prevent you from taking advantage of the opportunities near you?
  2. What are your thoughts about a “Gate Keeper for the Lord”
  3. How is a “Gate Keeper” for the Lord different from any other kind of “Gate Keeper”?

Prayer:

Lord, I want to be a “Gate Keeper” for you! Lord, teach me to live my life in such a manner that my “Gate” might always swing open to receive those who are lost and struggling to find their way home. Lord, show me how to welcome others into the faith. Lord, make me never so full of my faith that I do not have time for the sinner who is depressed at the thought of a life poorly spent. Jesus, help me never to prevent others from coming to thee. Teach me not to look down on others who have a different manner of praising you. Lord, make me an opener of doors and not one who takes pleasure in shutting others out. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Mt 19:13–15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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