Want to be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord, or take your fate upon yourself?

Have you ever practiced these two, shall we say, lesser-practiced spiritual disciplines?

* The discipline of being last  (as in “Do nothing from selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility honor others above yourself.” Philippians 2:3)


* The discipline of not getting what you normally get  … (as in “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.” Matthew 6:16)

* Psalm 84:10-12 summarizes these two spiritual disciplines well:

10 For a day in your courts is better
    than a thousand elsewhere.

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than live in the tents of wickedness.

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
    from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
    happy is everyone who trusts in you.
 * And Jesus, as we would expect, goes right to the bottom line:   
“Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35

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