Yield Your Heart to the Lord
There seems to be a recurring theme in my life right now. Yieldedness. God seems to be reminding me to yield my heart, my life, my plans, and my dreams to Him. It’s everywhere I look! I hear about it regularly and when I crack open a book – there it is! Yield your heart the Lord. Give your life as a living sacrifice. It’s a wonderful, beautiful, scary, hard lesson!
John has been laying the foundation for the “theme” he is hoping to build the Youth Group on. The theme is “Yield, Believe, Love” … “yield your heart to God – believe in the One He has sent – love God and love others.” During the lesson on yielding John read from Joshua. It’s the passage that contains the well known verse “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord…” But all around that verse is an amazing banter between Joshua and the Israelites! He’s asking them to choose who they will serve. They come back and say they will serve the Lord. He says “No! You can’t serve the Lord!” and they say “yes we want to serve the Lord!” Finally Joshua says “fine, then you’re witnesses against yourselves that you’ve made this choice.” Then comes the wonderful verse, “Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.” Joshua 24:23 We believe what Joshua is communicating in this passage is that we cannot serve the Lord unless our hearts are fully yielded to Him. Without a life that is yielded to the Lord, we have no hope of being able to serve Him.
Yesterday Pastor Rieke preached about the church in Thessalonica. They were a great little church with many wonderful examples of how they were exemplary in acting as the body of Christ. They stood firm in the face of much suffering and persecution. Pastor Rieke said that a church can never be great unless it is yielded to God … and yieldedness is not optional if you are going to be a great Christian. He used a great example in the morning service that people tend to think that God is their little helper. We think that all we do is so very important and God is our little helper that comes in to assist us. But this is not so!! No, all that GOD does is so very important, and we are honored to come in and be HIS little helper. What we do is not important – what God is doing is of the greatest importance. We need to yield to Him and His work.
This has caused me to think more about how I can yield my life to the Lord. I do not want to yield just one part, but I want to yield every single aspect of my being to Him. There are major things in my life I must yield. I believe that I have yielded my desire for children to God. I have placed that dream into His faithful hands and have given up control over that area. God can do what He wants with that. I need to yield my unsaved friends and family to the Lord. I pray for them and their salvation. But, the burden is not mine to bear, “I roll that burden on Christ,” as Hudson Taylor would say. There are many little things that are waiting to be yielded to God. I am probably unaware of many things that need to be fully given over to Him. It is my prayer that God would make me aware of any area in my life that is not yielded to him, and that I would obediently lay it on the altar.
What about you? What do you need to yield to God? Will you join me in giving yourself to prayer every day to seek how we can serve Him?