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By Stuart Jellison
As a professional military Non-Commissioned
Officer (NCO), I was constantly expected to be
the example for others to follow. We needed a
military that was able to respond at the drop of
a hat to any situation anywhere in the world.
To do this, we had to be trained and prepared
to respond. We had to know the enemy and
be able to confront him victoriously when we
met. Even in the Air Force, we had to do our
daily physical training and maintain standards
so that we were able to deploy wherever the Air
Force needed us with little or no notice. We
were the most lethal air power in the world,
but none of this would have been possible if we
were not in subjection to our leadership. What
does this mean—subjection? To put it in the
simplest words, it means to be subject to stern
and rigid discipline. We had to be as slaves
to the military and we were an all-volunteer
force. The military told us where to go, what
to eat, what to wear, how to walk, how to talk
(YES, the military has its own language!), etc.
Of course, the level of subjection varied from
branch to branch and job to job but we ALL
had to be in some sort of subjection.
If people are willing to voluntarily put
themselves under this type of subjection for
10 earthly gain, how much more should we be
subjected to Christ for heavenly gain? We are
the light of the world, the salt of the earth, the
ambassadors of the King of kings and the Lord
of lords, a chosen generation, and a peculiar
people. My family and I just finished deputation and
are now on the field. We are both humbled
and honored to be in the service of our Lord
to the service people of the U.S. Military. On
deputation we grew fondly aware of the hazards
of “fellowship.” We were told before we started
deputation that we would gain weight but I
said to myself, “Not me. I’ve been in subjection
before and I can do it again.” However, it is a
lot easier to say you will be in subjection than
to ACTUALLY be IN subjection. We traveled
more than 120 thousand miles and were in 31
states in 24 months. I never realized the amount
of sitting one accomplishes on deputation.
There is no such thing as a regular schedule.
The new “norm” has a striking resemblance
to chaos. Yet, in all of this, I learned a very
valuable lesson—being in subjection.
It was necessary for us as a family to be in
subjection to the will of God and His leading.
We visited many churches and at each one
we endeavored to be a blessing to the saints
of God. We were thrilled to meet up with old
friends and make new ones along the way. At
each church we had to know when to speak and
when to listen, when to volunteer and when to
sit and receive a blessing, and when to walk and
when to run (some interesting things happen
on visitation!). We were in a crash course for
the future work God had for us. We had to be
in subjection to God’s leading and His will at
all times. As Paul said, we need to present our
bodies a living sacrifice to God—be in complete
subjection to Him. Paul went on to say this is
our reasonable service. The Christian is not and
never will be forced to obey and follow God
but it is what we should WANT to do.