“…yield yourselves unto God,” Romans 6:13b
Driving a motorcycle, I’ve noticed more in the last six months than I ever truly did caged in a car. Seems to me that no one understands what to do when a light turns yellow or when they come up to a big triangular sign which clearly reads, “Yield.” I am including myself in this, for though I’ve noticed it more, I remain just as guilty as everyone else. So, I thought I’d look up the word for all of our benefit.
Of the definitions, let us review the particular meaning akin to surrender:
Yield transitive verb
3:to give up possession of on claim or demand: as
a :to give up (as one’s breath) and so die
b :to surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another :hand over possession of
c :to surrender or submit (oneself) to another
d :to give (oneself) up to an inclination, temptation, or habit
e :to relinquish one’s possession of (as a position of advantage or point of superiority)
– Merriam Webster Online @ http://www.m-w.com
To surrender or submit oneself is, evidently, all but impossible these days. When that light turns yellow, so many of us step on the gas. When we roll up to a yield sign, we continue rolling, often cutting off someone else. Why? Because I am in a hurry. I am the most important person in my life. I, I, I… me, me, me… mine, mine mine…
It causes accidents, this unyielding mentality and behavior. A friend of mine just wrecked his bike and was in ICU for days because, as he was turning left to enter the highway, some yahoo coming from the oncoming side wouldn’t yield the right of way when there was clearly posted a giant red and white Yield sign.
This goes beyond daily traffic. How often are we unwilling to yield ourselves to others at Walmart? at church? at home? This selfish, self serving, me, me, me attitude is prevalent throughout all of our lives. (If you are one of those people who is right now thinking, “I’m not like that,” think again about just who that thought is about.) We think more about ourselves than anyone else.
I remember someone once told me, “You’ve got to look out for yourself. Look out for number one, because no one else is going to.”
This is the mindset. Yet, God is asking us to do something completely different. He is asking us to submit to His will. He asks us to yield.
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Romans 6:13
How are we to yield our members as instruments of righteousness if we are using them for ourselves? We can not serve two masters. We will either serve self or serve God.
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16
So then, to serve God, we must first believe in Jesus. He is the key to it all, for He Alone is the Gateway to God. If we believe in Him, then we will believe what He said and then we will do as He said.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
To love God and others means to place ourselves as less important. We must set aside self in order to truly love God. We still love ourselves, but we love ourselves less than we love God. He must reign upon the throne of our heart. He will not forcefully take His place there, we must give it to Him in submission. Oh, make no mistake, He will let us know that we have usurped the throne through tribulation and trials of faith; but, He will not overthrow us from our heart throne. He wants us to surrender it and choose to serve Him.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
We also cannot serve ourselves, because then, we are in our flesh; and, when we are in our flesh, we are in the world. We become as mammon, and we cannot serve both God and mammon, so sayeth the Lord. Therefore, I pray, we (myself included) continue to draw closer to God through our yielding to the conviction, prompting, and unction of the Holy Spirit. We can be righteous and holy. We were given the power of God to do so through Christ, but for His power to have an effect in our lives and change us from within, we must first yield.
Father God, I thank You this morning for revealing to us all that is still within us. Lord, continue to mold and shape us into the very image of Christ. Give us eyes to see what you are showing us and ears to hear your still small Voice of direction in the Holy Spirit given through the Christ Jesus. Let it be more of You in our lives through our words and actions and less of ourselves. Help us, Abba Father, to be the men and women You say we are and walk therein. Help us to see Christ in all things and treat others as we would Him. We thank You, Father God, and we praise Your Holy Name! In Jesus’s Name. Amen.
“Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the Lord , and enter into His sanctuary, which He hath sanctified for ever: and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you.” II Chronicles 30:8