Elder Kwame Opoku Agyeman the patron of men’s ministry urged men to play an integral role in the family as gatekeepers. Speaking at the climax of the week-long National Men’s Ministry week celebration on Sunday, 20th September 2020, at the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC) Tesano on the theme: “Men as effective gatekeepers at home”, Elder Opoku Agyeman explained that we must watch those coming in and going out of our homes.
According to Matthew 13:25: “But while everyone was sleeping his enemy came and sowed weed among the wheat and went away”. This shows how it is advisable for men to rise up to their God-given role so that the enemy may not have his way to destroy stuff and create liabilities at home. In addition, he also highlighted key things that can make us effective gatekeepers. These are:
Firstly, being an example to others that can make people around us learn and imitate.
In addition, the key to effective fathering is a good lifestyle lived before your children. We have to know that there’s time to confront our children and a time to comfort them. Reference was made at Ephesians 6:4.
Moreover, the way we train our children counts. Traits and qualities children learn from parents are mostly passed on from generation to generation.
Roles as a gatekeeper
*As a gatekeeper you are supposed to watch and pray. Our security tomorrow is not assured without God. That’s why it’s said that ” our horses are prepared for battle but victory comes from the Lord”.
*We must stay alert as gatekeepers ready to stop anyone from intruding into your home. A reluctant gatekeeper can bring chaos in the house.
* As gatekeepers we should make sure to possess our own gates before someone else does. Take control!!!
Importance of gatekeeping; Biblical examples
Ezra: He recorded that 139 were appointed to guard the wall around Jerusalem. This shows that the Lord’s house, our homes require gatekeepers to protect it from any external attack
David and Samuel: They appointed 212 gatekeepers for “position of trust” in guarding the temple of the Lord. Hence, this shows the need for gatekeepers
2 Corinthians 2:11
1 Peter 5:8
1 Chronicles 9:22
In a nutshell, a gatekeeper has to be trustworthy and alert for any sign of trouble. A gatekeeper in his duties can bring chaos upon the entire family, so the idea of gatekeeping implies alertness and security. Let us influence our family to possess the nation with kingdom values and principles. Amen