If there was just one thing that I could tell every Christian that is the key to living a victorious Christian life that is pleasing to the Lord and I could only use one word, that word would be YIELD. It is a simple five letter word but it can be so hard to do for many people! To yield means to surrender or submit.
In many ways, we are taught to have self-control, be self-reliant, self-sufficient, to be a self-starter, to be a self-made person, etc. While these things can be drilled into us from a relatively young age by some well-meaning people, they can be detrimental to the way that the Christian walk needs to be according to the Word of God. As Christians, we MUST learn to submit to the Lord in everything because if we don’t, we will never see victory in our walk with the Lord. HE alone is Lord and not us! If we try to do things on our own, we are playing God and not trusting Him with full control of our lives. Does God tell us to do things and want us to follow through with them? YES! However, the key to that is yielding to Him to tell us what HE wants and letting Him ALWAYS be Lord! We should not be rushing ahead of Him and trying to do things on our own without His guidance. When we forge ahead without His guidance, we are essentially saying, “God, I can handle things on my own today.” We probably would never actually say that to God but our actions are speaking that. God will allow you to go ahead of Him and do things but they will not truly be fruitful in a way that is pleasing to Him if they are works done by the arm of our flesh. How many times have we heard the statement “he is a self-made man” used to describe someone who is successful by the worlds’ standards? The fact is that there is no such thing as a self-made man because without God, none of us would be here living on this earth. He is our Creator and the sustainer of our lives. There would be NO breath in us without Him giving it to us. Every gift or talent that we have was given to us by God whether we acknowledge that or not! There are many who God has gifted that do not acknowledge God and they use their talents for ungodly things They seem to be very successful in the world. They may even have fame and fortune. However, as Christians, our number one goal should be to please God. If we want to truly please God, we must learn to yield to Him.
I challenge all of us today to stop and be quiet before the Lord so that we hear HIS instructions for our lives before we run out and do things on our own. Those things may seem good to us and we may even consider them ministry BUT if God did not lead and guide us to do them, they will not produce the fruit that is pleasing to the Lord. It is easy to pray a prayer to accept Jesus as our Savior but He wants to be the LORD of our lives! We MUST learn to YIELD to Him in order for HIM to be LORD over our lives. Will we submit to Him and let Him have the reigns to our lives? Study what the Bible says about dying to self because that must happen in order for Him to be LORD of our lives.