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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YIELD?

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The word ‘yield’ is not a modern word, nor is it a word we hear every day. But it is a word that can help us as we pursue a closer more intimate relationship with God. We started off and looked at how yielding means surrendering our lives to God. The word yield is a verb, it is something we do. It includes: to bring, to present, to surrender, to give right of way, to give as fitting or rightfully owed, or required and to submit. Perhaps if we look at the opposite we can grasp this concept a little easier. The opposite of yield is to resist, reject and to hold off! It can even go further to include stubbornness and what the Bible calls ‘stiff-necked’. So we don’t want to resist or reject God. We certainly do not want to hold off on God. But we want to embrace and give to Him what belongs to Him, our hearts and our lives. We want to give Him right of way in our lives.

RIGHT OF WAY
In a modern context the word yield is used in traffic signs. We all know what a yield sign is. When we see a yield sign we usually back off and give priority to another person. If we can see this picture in our minds it will help us give God the right of way that He deserves in our lives. A right of way is a legal right of passage over another person’s property. We have the right of way over our lives, it is what we call freewill. But when we give our hearts and lives to God and receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we give up that right and we give God the right of way in our lives. But as we apply this to our daily lives we often revert back and take back this right of way to some degree or another. It is for this reason that we need to on an on-going basis yield ourselves to God and in the process honoring the right of way we have already given Him. It is a joy and a delight to do this.

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