Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Our intent in living life by faith as a Christian should lead us to yielding to Christ living through us.
When we yield, we surrender our rights to God and also submit in seeking Him and His ways. Jeremiah 29:13 tells us that when we seek Him wholeheartedly we will find Him. So it seems that if we really want Him in our lives we need to look at our hearts. Yielding starts with the heart and the intent of our hearts.
I believe that yielding begins with trust. For example, when you are in need of surgery, you probably won’t randomly pick a name out of the phone book in order to find a surgeon. Most likely, you will want to find the best surgeon to perform your surgery.
You will probably try to find out about a few surgeons before making a decision. you may find out about the surgeons reputation, read reviews, get information about how often he has completed the surgery, and may even discuss previous surgeries with patients who are acquainted with him.
Each of these factors builds your trust in the surgeon and in his abiity. After you meet with him, learn his bedside manner, and feel comfortable with him, you probably will decide to move forward in having the surgery because he seems trustworthy and capable.
Our yielding to God is similar.
I see Proverbs 3:5-6 as a path to yielding.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.”
We need to first learn to trust, specifically to trust Him as Lord.
- We read His Word and see His faithfulness to His people throughout the Bible.
- We pray and see His faithfulness in answering us and meeting our needs.
- We talk with other believers, learning about their experiences with a loving, personal God.
All of these result in building our faith and growing our trust.
We seek Him for His views, perceptions and judgments of each situation and need in our lives. Little by little we let go of relying on our thoughts and understanding alone as a basis for our decision making.
We acknowledge Him in every part of life.
- We recognize His Sovereignty (authority and control) and His omniscience (knowing all).
- We begin letting go (yielding) our need for personal independence, (self-sufficiency) and our grip on being in control.
At last, we look for His leading and direction in life and learn to respond to Him with obedient submission (yielding).
It is a lifetime process, a continual process that we grow in, as we grow in Christ-likeness. None of us have arrived. All of us need the Lord more than we know and often more than we admit. It is in recognizing our dependence on Him that little-by-little we see the importance of yielding to Him in heart and throughout life.
Lord, help us to grow more and more in trusting You, that we may yield with our whole hearts.