For a day in your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, Than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Psalms 84:10 WEB)
(An excerpt from our March 1985 Prayer Letter written by Beth.)
As I was considering our work with the mission and reading this passage, I felt that “we” as missionaries are “door keepers” at the house of our God. I considered the great privilege involved. Yet, in the world’s eyes, we do not perform work that is either prestigious or comfortable.
Jesus is the “door” to heaven. He is the only way. And as believers we are standing at the door to show the world where He is, the doorway to heaven.
Not all of our work is thrilling. But as a doorkeeper in God’s house, work is part of our duty. In the end we discover that truly it is “better” in His courts as a simple doorkeeper than to dwell with the wicked.
In the Mail Department here where I work, essential and exciting work is accomplished. But it is not always the answering of spiritual questions and letters, the sending out of tracts, or helping to provide Biblical counseling. Sometimes envelopes and stamps must also be licked, and stamps placed on the envelopes in order for the information to reach our listeners.
There is also the necessity of stamping tracts and lessons with the mission address. Otherwise non-believers couldn’t correspond with us, we wouldn’t receive information for prayer from listeners, and then we wouldn’t be able to encourage believers as they grow in faith. Every day is not spent just searching scripture for an appropriate, prayerful verse to help a listener. There is also the filing of listeners’ cards and the typing of envelopes.
Much of this may sound like mundane, routine work and not perfect for someone good in math and science. Still, the listeners will not receive answers to their searching unless this work is done.
Bob could also tell you the same. At the broadcast station in Merizo it’s not all climbing towers and making major transmitter upgrades. Most of the time is spent performing routine maintenance to reduce OFF AIR time. This is what Bob calls dusting and cleaning. On the 6 PM to 2 AM shift, transmitter upgrade/maintenance is only done when there is a failure. Yet, while working PM shifts, Bob hears the Word of Life going out over those four super power transmitters in four different languages at a time. He hears God’s Word going forth to a needy world.
What a joy it is to be a “doorkeeper.” How privileged to lick stamps, scrub floors, and maintain transmitters so that MILLIONS can hear the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.