Pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. . . for It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and BY GIFTS of THE HOLY GHOST distributed according to His will. So with yourselves, Child of God, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up Daddy’s House with your gifts. Hebrews 2:1 , 3b, 4 and 1 Corinthians 14:12
THE GIVER’S CALL
I remember the day The Holy Ghost asked Colon to help me be a “doorkeeper ” in the house of RLOC. Weeks before, Daddy called brother Colon, He showed me how I wasn’t getting the job done as doorkeeper for Daddy .When He showed me, I saw folks were slipping in the door without a greeting from Daddy. Lots of times Daddy would want to show His hospitality and His Mercy and Help to folks and He couldn’t get the job done. It made me sad . But what made me more sad was knowing that the Holy Ghost was even more sad than I could ever be.
See, I would get so interested in all Daddy’s business away from the door that I would neglect the assignment He gave me. That assignment was : “Child, welcome each one as Jesus has welcomed you unto me” So, instead of focusing on Daddy’s plan, I would go from one seat to the another, in everyone’s business, asking them what Daddy was doing. I would start jumping and chatting and spinning around so much that I was no use for Daddy’s purpose.
One day , when I was running from one brother and sister to another , I tripped and fell into a seat next to Colon’s wife, Debbie and my blood sister, Mary.
Both sisters laughed and then smiled at me. Debbie said “are you okay? maybe you better settle down before you get into some trouble.” My sister Mary said “Rest sister”.
At that moment , the Holy Ghost took my face between His hands and had me look straight up to Daddy. I can’t be sure the words I heard. But, I know I heard something like this: “lookie here doorkeeper, I got work to do round here so more folks will see me, I’m fixin to give you a helper”. I sat next to sisters Debbie and Mary for a minute and then went back to my post at the door.
I figured I better get back to Daddy’s assignment for me before I “for sure got into some trouble” . The Holy Ghost followed me. I sensed Him push me away from all distractions until I got to the back door.
Standing at the back door was a tall gruff looking man. I had noticed before that he was at the back door pretty regular. I also noticed that he would smile real big at folks coming through the door. However, somehow, when he looked at me , it seemed that big smile turned quick upside down. . He looked so scary that I asked Daddy if I could punch or tickle him to just see if he would smile at me like he did other folks.
Before I could get an answer from Daddy, the Holy Ghost pointed and spoke to my spirit. “That man”
Right then , I remembered what the Spirit had spoken earlier about ” a helper”
” Really, him? , a doorkeeper in your house? Are you sure? Are you for real Holy Ghost ?” I questioned.
“Im most certainly sure” the Holy Ghost confirmed
” But really I don’t think this big guy likes me. I’m really positively sure he thinks I’m a little weird AND besides that, I don’t think he trusts me. ” I replied .
“That dosen’t matter. It’s not about you ! It’s about HIM and I love this man and this man loves and trusts me. He points to Jesus. ” The Holy Ghost spoke to me for Daddy.
THE GIVER’S GIFT
That same day Brother Colon asked for prayer. I could not hear what he asked Daddy. But, I know that our brother , Pastor Chris, put his hands on Brother Colon and prayed . Both their bodies were shaking with something i think Daddy calls “fervency”. Soon, they stopped shaking and I saw a tear wind down that big gruff man’s face and change everything in its trail. Colon did not wipe it away, He just just kept saying “yes Lord, yes Lord” as our brother Chris prayed. I think that’s when Jesus was praying too and the Holy Ghost was giving Colon the gifts to be a doorkeeper.
Since then, everytime Brother, Pastor Chris, unlocks the door to the church, Colon is a doorkeeper. Together brother Colon and I have kept many doors open. We have kept them opened at church and out of church: , front doors and back doors, bathroom doors, car doors, neighbor doors, kitchen doors, in doors and out doors. And best yet, when folks want prayer , we say “come on lets go over yonder beyond this door to the Mercy seat of Daddy”
I think it might be a total of bout two years that we have been working together as doorkeepers in the Daddy’s house. I am not sure. But, I know for sure that Daddy keeps track of our time.
And Daddy keeps track of everything that time contains. He sees everything. He sees how we have opened doors and shut doors. He sees how we open the door to let the children of God in and He sees how we chase these children down when they try to sneak out the door. He sees how we find seats and Bibles and coloring sheets for His children so that they may hear and believe Daddy’s goodness and love for them. He sees how we watch over His children to keep every hindrance away from them so they can hear Daddy’s voice.
And He sees how, when the wind of the Holy Ghost blows the door wide open, We stand in awe. And when the wind of nature blows the door open, we quietly shut the door to keep all of Daddy’s goodness inside. . . . to keep all of Daddy’s goodness from escaping.
THE GIVER’s GLORY
One day, not long ago, our brother, Pastor Chris, wasn’t at Daddy’s house to unlock the door .He gave another brother the keys. For a moment, Brother Colon and I wondered if the Holy Ghost went traveling with Pastor. The door didn’t feel the same. Like a peice of the puzzle missing we couldn’t see the picture of the body like before. “It ain’t the same brother” I said to brother Colon.
“What’s different ?” Colon demanded
“Well Pastor aint here silly” I said as I punched him.
“The Lord is Here” he said with a wink.
‘yep” I said . Still thinking bout that puzzle piece being missing I couldn’t help but smile at Colons faithful smile every time I punched him.
“you just keep watch over the door lil sis”Colon scolded
So, even with Pastor on vacation, Like all other Sundays, Colon and I were doorkeepers. Doorkeepers who let folks in and watched for the Holy Ghost to come in.
See, The Holy Ghost is always at RLOC He really doesnt ever need a door or certain folks to dwell in .But there is a way that seems like He walks in the door. . Sometimes He seems to comes in and sit skinny in a seat and sometimes He comes in and sits Big and Fat in everyone’s lap. But no matter what it “feels” like, Daddy’s words taught us that “worship brings the His Presence ” .
So on that day, we decided to worship as all Sundays. Singing things about Daddy to Daddy we would get soo close to Daddy. And when we did, we knew that the Holy Ghost was getting fat in the building.
As I sat down after worship, I looked at my brother Colon. He looked all wide eyed , Kinda like like he saw someone else come in the door . I couldn’t figure it out cause he wasn’t looking at the door but looking straight ahead. When I began to sit down he reached over to grab my shoulder.
“put his picture back up”. He demanded “now”
“what picture ?
” The one of Jesus” he said. Micah overheard Brother Colon and imediatly returned the slide to the last song
After Micah put Jesus’s picture on the overhead, brother Colon got up from his seat slowly. I am certain that the Holy Ghost was sitting fat on him for he rose very slow and yet very wide eyed. He stood before us and waved his hand to the picture.
“This is not Jesus. Jesus is alive. And He is here , the Head of this church. But this picture reminds us He is here” Brother Colon said very slowly. I think the Holy Ghost was sitting fat on every word. He continued to slowly release words ending each sentence the chorus “Jesus did for us what no man could do. “He told how Jesus gave us life when we were dead. How Jesus died to give us life. How he was lashed and beaten and stripped and mocked and pierced and nailed that we may be healed and comforted and clothed and forgiven and reborn and resurrected to life. Each word seemed to introduce Jesus into the room. Each word seemed to be handed out by the Holy Ghost to magnify the son. It was quiet when Colon stopped speaking.
There were no “Amens” . There were no handclaps. One by one, brothers and sisters quietly whispered, “thank you Jesus, thank you Lord”. It felt as if Jesus walked from seat to seat touching each brother and sister with the gospel. But it was not Jesus Himself but the Holy Ghost speaking the gospel into every heart.
Since that morning , I am most certain of the Holy Ghost in Colon. And the Holy Ghost is most magnificent when He does the work of glorifying Jesus. Every day He makes Colon look joyful and certain and full of gospel power.
So I don’t ask Daddy anymore “are you sure?” But I say to Daddy “you sure know how to pick em Daddy!!”
And Daddy replies :
Daughter that aint just a Doorkeeper , that’s the possessor of the Door. And the Door is Jesus!
Romans 15:7 Therefore, Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for THE GLORY OF GOD!! (The Doorkeeper Pledge)