Submitted Men


In my 27 years at the Alliance National Office, I have met dozens of godly men who have influenced my spiritual formation. Some have been pastors and some international workers. Some have served as ministry administrators and others as lay leaders. Some were introverts and some extroverts. Some bought me lunch; others made me pay. (You know who you are—but I digress.)

One common trait among them? They were submitted men. Notice I didn’t use the word “submissive” here. Although Merriam-Webster offers nearly identical definitions for the two, I beg to differentiate.

“Submissive” suggests a posture that would bow to the will of another regardless of situation or circumstance. In this way, we are to be submissive to Christ, as He alone is worthy of our lifelong, unreserved surrender. For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ (1 Cor. 7:22, ESV). The godly men in my life certainly shared a submissive posture with regard to their Master.

But beyond that, they were submitted to causes that demanded their passionate, attentive involvement. Refusing the task would have been tantamount to abdicating a direct assignment from Christ Himself, who birthed in them an irrepressible desire to fulfill it.

In this issue you’ll meet men who are both submissive to their Lord and submitted to His mission. You’ll meet Rick Carr, who accepted the call to help free troubled youth in Memphis from patterns of destructive behavior. You’ll meet U.S. Air Force Chaplain Bob Wido, who helps carry the burdens of both troops and their commanders as they face unimaginable adversities in serving our country. You’ll meet Pastor Nick Stumbo, who courageously admitted to a devastating addiction so that others would find freedom from its grip. You’ll meet Tim Huggins, an overcommitted layman who petitioned God to release him from the tyranny of busyness so that he could lead other men into the joy of “submitted” service. And you’l meet Gordon Meier, a beloved church leader who submitted to the reality that he may never taste food again, only to find great nourishment and satisfaction in the true bread of life.

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

—1 Corinthians 16:13 (ESV)

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