“For rulers are not a terror to good work, but to 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…” (Romans . 13: 3-4)
Every ruler is a minister of God. We serve so that we can do away with evil. We serve to become a terror to evil. We serve to reward good and to punish evil. However, we do not determine what is evil and what is good. Our service will highlight that within itself. Many times you will find that when you serve there will be people who will hate you for no reason at all. This comes with the package of ministry. If you are not willing to accept the package, then get out of ministry. Ministry requires that you go more than the extra mile, beyond the call of duty, and beyond the realm in which you currently operate.
“…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 13:4).
It is the minister’s responsibility to execute wrath upon those who do evil, to execute wrath upon those things which are out of order, and to execute wrath against those things that are not operating according to Divine law. The minister is called to execute the wrath of God. You have to be willing to execute the wrath of God and to minister judgments. How do you minister judgments? By having a standard.
Ministry demands order and adherence to protocol. You must begin to make adjustments and rethink your reasons for being in ministry. You must move in the direction of accountability because you have responsibility for those who are under you. You have the responsibility before God for those upon whom you lay hands.
If you are not in tune with your emotions it will manifest in your life and in your experience. It will manifest in your home. It will manifest in the environment in which you live. If there is no structure in your home or if there no structure in your closet, then there will be no structure in your life. If there is no structure in the way you place your shoes, there is no structure in your walk. If there is no order in your money and your money is facing different directions in your wallet, then there will be no order in your finances.
In the Amplified Bible Romans 13:1 reads, “Let every person be loyally subject to the governing civil authorities. For there is no power or no authority except from God by his permission, his sanction. And those that exist do so by God’s appointment.” There is a cross-reference in Proverbs 8:15, “By me kings reign and rulers do decree justice.”
There can be no king who reigns or no ruler who can decree justice unless God has ordained it to be so. The Amplified says in Romans 13:2,“Therefore he who resists and sets himself up against the authority resists what God has appointed and arranged in divine order…” When you are not in authority you are cutting the grain of the universal order. Oftentimes, you may not understand the judgments that the leader makes. However, it is not for you to understand. It is for you to remain under the covering of authority. The greater your submission to your leader, the greater your authority. You will not be able to demonstrate prophetically if you are not in divine order.
Ask Yourself these Question
- Do you have a mentor?
- What ministry are you participating in?
- What is the primary reason why you serve?
- Do you have a standard?
- What are your reasons for being in ministry?
- Are there adjustments that you need to apply?