As we move through the first couple months of our “All In” campaign for 2014, I have been drawn time and again to the question: “What does it mean to yield?” You see, I had a definition of what it means to yield, but since January I have discovered that God has a completely different definition than mine
This sad truth came to a head when I was looking at Paul’s life and ministry. He said in Philippians 3, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” (vs. 7-11)
In this passage I see a definition of yielding that indicates several things:
- Yielding means that I am willing to loose all things that I have in this life. This means that when struggles come, I need to rejoice rather than complain.
- Yielding means that my life is simply a reflection of the righteousness of God. I must constantly re-focus my life on him rather than seeking to exalt myself and “my righteousness.”
- Yielding means that I must be on a constant quest to know Christ better and better. I cannot rest on the knowledge I already have. What I know is never enough. I cannot be truly yielded if I turn off my desire to know more.
Yielding is an all day, every day proposition. It is not the doing of things, it is the letting go of everything and letting God live through you. He is who you seek emulate. You are not seeking to be “the best you, you can be” rather you are seeking to be so like Christ that the world sees “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)
Are you truly yielded to God through Jesus Christ?