We often have to yield on our roads as drivers on highways where there are roundabouts or traffic circles. We serve the other driver by allowing them to have the rightaway.
This month I want to dig deep into the concept of yielding to God in our lives.
When it comes to yielding to God we must release our grip on our own will and choose to embrace the Lord’s will. We choose to live as His servants- serving Him, obedient to His will. We let go of our desire to control things, to be in charge, and allow His Lordship to take over our lives.
Romans 12:1 AMP tells us “Therefore I urge you brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is you rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.”
Yielding is sacrificing your will for another’s will or desire.
Yielding is a choice, and it is usually a moment-by-moment decision. So many options bombard us on any given day and it is very easy to just go with what we want, what seems best for us. Al too soon, we become a slave to our own desires. As humans we tend to choose selfish ways to feed our needs and wants.
Romans 6:16 AMP says “Do you not know that when you continually offer yourself to someone to do His will, you are the slaves of the one whom you obey, either [slaves] of sin which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness (rightstanding with God)?”
Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest reminds us that we are the ones responsible for yielding ourselves to whatever controls or dominates us.
Our personal desire for control is in direct opposition to yielding to God.
Job 22:21 states, “Yield now and be at peace with Him, Thereby good will come to you.”
Yielding is only possible when we humble ourselves before God.
“Yield” is my Word for the year 2017. I am doing some personal soul-searching as I write these posts. I hope that you will join me in considering to whom and to what you are giving control, and to what you are yielded to in your life.
It is all too easy to compartmentalize our lives, releasing certain parts to God’s control and holding tightly to others.
Consider these questions:
- What are you holding tightly to?
- Who/What are you serving?
2 Chronicles 16:9 AMP says, “For the eyes of he Lord move to and from throughout the earth so that He may support those whose heart is completely His.”
Completely His– that is who we are when we yield all to Him.