A study of the Bible reveals that there is a wide range of calling, destiny and purpose in God. Divine appointments and assignments that go beyond the traditional five-fold church offices. When people insist the work of God is limited to the four walls of the church, you should respond to them with the words of Christ. Matthew 22:29 says, “But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” We know from scriptures that our world belongs to God. Everything in the world; the people and the wealth belongs to God. We know God loves the world, and wants the world systems to be saved and made whole. This work will require servants of God outside the church.
In the Bible, Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus are described as servants of God. This is quite interesting because none of them are Jewish. They do not worship God in the way we understand it. Apostle Paul writes in Romans 13:1-2, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” In Romans 13:4, he refers to anyone operating in government as “God’s servant”. This must be a clear statement that God operates in the larger society. And that God requires people who will operate in that dimension.
Isaiah 46:11 talks about how God calls a person to execute his counsel. When Christians pray to God, God acts by calling someone. The called person is then equipped for the assignment at hand. A lot of prayers have been prayed. And now, God is calling upon you to become that person that fulfills the purpose of God in your world. You need to respond to this dimension of the work of God. Take up the responsibility to watch over your world and steer it towards where God wants. If the Bible describes people operating in government as servants of God that do not bear the sword in vain (Romans 13:4), then why do Christians debate over participation in politics and government? You can find your purpose beyond the four walls of the church.