Gatekeepers of the Home

“He also stationed gatekeepers at the gates of the Lord’s Temple to keep out those who for any reason were ceremonially unclean”.

2 Chronicles 23:19

As the men are set as gatekeepers of the city, women are set as gatekeepers of the home.

The responsibility is very serious.  In Proverbs 31:27, we are told “She watches over the ways of her household”.

This is a very serious job, and the Lord showed me something new about it this morning, as I was studying to write this post.  Something I never thought of before, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

First, what does being a “gatekeeper” look like?  The gatekeeper is responsible for everything that enters.  So, a gatekeeper of the home would be responsible for everything that enters the home.

In Ezekiel 3:17-21, we are told how God holds the gatekeeper responsible for those they are to protect.  We, as parents, should really take this advice into consideration – no, more than that, we should act upon it, it is God’s Word, and His mandate!

So, it’s kind of a “given”, that we are to keep out the bad.

Here’s the cool thing that the Lord showed me this morning – The gatekeeper is also responsible for letting in the good.

In John 10:3 Jesus says, “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.”

As Christian moms, as gatekeepers, we should make sure that we not only keep out the bad influences that would subtly ruin our homes, but we should also make sure that we saturate our homes with God.  Making worship part of everything we read, listen to, watch and do, teaching God’s ways, showing by example how to live a life that’s pleasing to God – that’s the other side of the gatekeeper “coin”.

So, as we go throughout the day, look at your gate.  Is it in good repair?  Does it need to be mended anywhere?  If so, do it now.  And keep it maintained, knowing that you are responsible for those entrusted inside your “gates”!

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2 Comments »

  1. Heather Said:

    Beth, this is a really great thought…and so true. Thanks for writing!

  2. Heather Said:

    What a great thought, Beth! Thanks for sharing!


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