Reflections: January 23, 2021
Saturday of the Second Week after the Epiphany
By William K. Stottlemyer
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (From Introit for the Transfiguration of Our Lord)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. A doorkeeper is not a high and exalted position. During the time of the Old Testament, parents did not sit around dreaming that their child would grow up and become a doorkeeper. However, the psalmist rightly points out that in the day of the Lord, it is far better to be a doorkeeper and to be saved than to live a lavish life that ends in eternal death.
We should think of such things. Our world wants to push us to be great in the eyes of men. Fame, fortune, and earthly honor is an ever-present temptation. America is all about making a name for yourself. Going to the right schools, getting the good jobs, and living in the right places are great in the eyes of the world, yet without the Lord, it is all in vain.
The lives that we live here are not eternal. They are fleeting shadows of the things to come. You are not of this world. Instead, as a child of God, you have been called by faith, and in your Baptism you are united with Christ into His death. Christ has forgiven you of all your sins by His death on the Cross. He has brought you out of the tent of the wicked and set you firmly into the house of God.
Because of Christ, you are a beloved child of God. Live as God intends you to live, serving Him with your life and with your words through the vocations He has given you. You may be something great and glorious in the eyes of the world, or you may be a simple doorkeeper. Either way, know that God has given you the task, He has provided you with the skills, and He will lead and direct you to do the good works that He alone has prepared for you. Dwell in the house of God: Go to church, receive Christ's gifts given for you in preaching and in the Sacraments. Receive all that is yours in Christ with the sure and certain hope that you are forgiven and that you will dwell with God forever. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O merciful and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we thank You that You have revealed to us the glory of Your Son, and let the light of your Gospel shine upon us. Guide us by this light that we may walk diligently as Christians in all good works, ever be strengthened by your grace and conduct our lives in all godliness. (George Krause, The Pastor at Prayer [Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2014], 125.)
-Rev. William K. Stottlemyer is the pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hancock, MD.
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