We can ‘yield’ ourselves to many things. This may be things that honour God, but also they may be things that do not. We have to keep a check on our lives.
In the older Bible translations the word yield is used but in newer versions the word yield is replaced with the word offer. In my mind they do not carry the same weight because yielding speaks of surrender and offering speaks of a suggestion. So I have taken the newer translation and I have included the word yield so that we can see the difference:
Romans 6:13 Do not offer (yield) any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer (yield) yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer (yield) every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness.
Yielding ourselves to God is what we are called to do. We should not give any aspect of our lives to sin and no aspect of the way we live our lives should ever be seen as an instrument of wickedness. Instead we should give ourselves to God as if our lives depend on it and in everything we do our lives should be seen as an instrument of righteousness.
This should change the way we live our lives. And it should be something we constantly strive for and something we pursue regularly. Please notice that it says ‘every part of yourself’ should be yielded in this way.
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