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Answer to the Man

When I started my first job at 16, dad said to me on my way out the door, “Answer to the man.” “What do you mean?”, I asked. “Son, when you’re on the boss’ time, do what he says without complaining.” I took my dad’s advice that day, and it made all the difference.

The Apostle Paul, in prison and facing execution, said something similar to his young apprentice, Timothy.

Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer.

2 Timothy 2:3-4

I’ve never been a soldier, but as a teacher on an army post, I rub shoulders with people in the military every day. One thing I’ve noticed is there’s an Army regulation for almost everything a soldier does. I once asked a military friend, “Don’t you think a ten point checklist to park and secure a combat vehicle is a little over-the-top?”

“What I think is irrelevant. I do my job and follow orders. Anything else is an indulgence.”

*SSG McMurtry (Just a cool Hollywood sounding name. Not the real guy’s.)

Impressive. “But what if there aren’t specific orders or regulations for something?,” I asked. “How do you respond?” “That’s when you follow the commander’s intent,” he said.

He explained that, in a combat situation, all written orders are assumed to be fluid. No plan survives intact once there’s contact with the enemy. The commander’s intent is a short statement written in bold print that essentially says, “Whatever happens, this is the most important thing to accomplish.”

VERY impressive. I started looking for commander’s intent statements in the Bible.

I found Paul’s exhortation to the Philippians, who were living under intense persecution.

Whatever happens, conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.

Philippians 1:27

And Jesus’ charge to His earliest followers:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

Matthew 28:19

Answering to the man (God) can be challenging. If there was only an app called FaceofGodBook, with those little red numbers over the icon–you know, messages from heaven?

However, we do have the Bible, and we know what Jesus did, and we also have the Holy Spirit. And that’s enough to know the Commander’s intent.

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By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

31 replies on “Answer to the Man”

Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thank you, However I am having issues with your RSS. I don’t know why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anybody else having similar RSS issues? Anyone who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!


Have a lot of self reflections lately with work and management. Sometimes we meet bosses that only serves their interest and equality is not transparent nor observe. But we do meet bosses too that are tru leaders, who think of everyone’s welfare fairly. Boss that makes us eager to work.

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Thanks for today’s inspiration my friend. The world many times is in contrast to God’s words and teachings. Corporate world is all about profit , gains, success at all cost. Self battle happens when our values contradicts the boss orders. It is very important to have our morals and principles intact and strong , otherwise , we will man will win over God and humanity.

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Anything else is indulgence. Wow! That hit me hard. Great analogy. I also love that we are to understand the commander’s intent. It’s not just what’s written there. It’s about knowing the commander, the objective and the intent.

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I agree, we should make sure we accomplish what God wants before everything else. It becomes difficult to do in some jobs (like my own), however I can see the difference in the way I lead and others lead. It shows in their interactions and in those that follow them.

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I appreciate that example. Believe it or not, I’ve always had a hard time figuring out what 2 Tim.2:3-4 meant in my daily life. Reading this makes it clearer for me. Thanks!

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“What I think is irrelevant. I do my job and follow orders. Anything else is an indulgence.”

This statement really hit home for me, David. Who am I to question the command and orders of my Daddy. I’m to obey without hesitation. I’m to follow without complaint. What ABBA says – goes!

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When I read the two verses you put in from the perspective you mentioned. There truly leaves no room for excuse. We are to conduct ourselves in a godly manner and make disciples. It just makes me reflect on these verses differently.

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