• Bishop Keith Butler

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. (Romans 13:1-4)

Not everyone is called to be an apostle, prophet evangelist, pastor, or teacher. Many people are called to do God's will in other public sectors.

Romans 13:1-4 refers to police officers, law enforcement agents, military, and keepers of the peace. Romans 13 tells us that people in such positions are called and anointed to do what they do. They have been ordained by God. The word ordained means that they were determined by God to a particular assignment. He set a course for them in their jobs to accomplish His will.

The Scripture goes on to explain that these officers are ministers of God for good. While Romans 13:1-4 deals specifically with law enforcement and the military, we all should be ministers of God for good, whether you are a florist, an architect, a teacher, lawyer, engineer, or social media influencer. God has not anointed one profession more than others. You are anointed to fulfill God’s will for your life regardless of what direction His will takes you in your career.

You don’t have to be in the five-fold ministry to fulfill God’s will, but everyone should be part of some kind of helps ministry. Regardless of your vocation, you can help God fulfill His will on the earth by doing what He has anointed you to do.

Practical Application – Don’t ever believe that what you do isn’t important to God. He has placed you here with a plan and a purpose. Walk into your job or business with your head held high, knowing that you have a purpose.

Exodus 31:2; Exodus 31:6

  • Bishop Keith Butler

For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption. (Acts 13:36)

God had a purpose for David to fulfill. Like yours, King David's purpose was found in serving the world by doing what God had planned for him to accomplish.

When you were in your mother’s womb, God had a will and plan for your life. No one is on this earth accidentally. You may think that your creation was an accident because your mother and father didn't plan on it happening, but you have never been, nor ever will be, an accident.

God has a calling for you, and you can learn from David’s example as he fulfilled his calling by serving others.

When people realize that God has big plans for them, they can adopt an "it's all about me” attitude. However, the primary purpose of God's plan is for us to serve the generation in which we live. We must understand that generation does not mean the age of people but refers to the time in which we live.

Have you ever felt concerned that you might not accomplish God’s purposes when you were in the midst of a difficult situation? If so, remind yourself that God's plan will stand.

God wants you to know His plans, not just to benefit you personally but also to serve others He has placed around you. God has assignments for you. One of them is to reach as many people as possible and tell them the truth about Jesus, so they will spend eternity in heaven after fulfilling God’s will on the earth.

Practical Application – Do you ever feel like there is no purpose to your life? Remind yourself that God has not forgotten you. He has given you assignments to accomplish. He has great things for you to do. You are not an accident. You are here by Divine design.

Jeremiah 1:5; Jeremiah 29:11

Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose. (Acts 13:23-25)

Acts 13:23-25 is a portion of Paul's message in the synagogue in Antioch of Pisidia. His audience of Jewish men probably nodded their heads in agreement as Paul recounted their history as the chosen people of God, beginning with their exile in Egypt, their forty years in the wilderness, the miraculous conquest of Canaan, and the period of the judges in Israel.

Then he mentioned only two kings – Saul and David - because Jesus is the Son of David. As a preacher, I might think that Paul would go on to the main point of his message: “Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah; He was crucified for your sins, and He is risen from the dead. Believe in Him!” However, Paul took a little bit of a rabbit trail, as we say.

He talked about the ministry of John the Baptist. John spent most of his life in the wilderness preaching what some might consider an unpopular message of repentance. He didn’t have a reserved seat in the synagogue. He didn’t have expensive clothes or eat delicacies in fine palaces. John’s purpose wasn’t to be celebrated as number one; it was to prepare the way for Number One: Jesus Christ.

John knew what his job was, and he did it. He allowed some doubt to creep in when he was facing imminent death in Herod’s prison, as we read in Luke 7:19: “And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?” Yet, Jesus acknowledged John's faithfulness when He spoke of him, “Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Luke 7:28).

Practical Application – Don't doubt what God has called you to do; just be faithful. God will reward you.

Matthew 3:1; Psalm 138:8





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