YIELD TO WIELD
In the journey of discovering one’s self in God, there will come a point that a certain choice has to be made. Any journey or road will have a winding path in which the traveler would have a crossroad to face. It may be a dilemma of sorts, a difficult conundrum to solve, a loss of direction, or just even a dawning of options far too many for one to make sense of.
At times it can be wildly freeing while other times incredibly paralyzing.
Certainly, in the life of a Christ-follower, there will be many tough roads upon which the believer will find himself or herself in. One of those is the crossroads of faith when the follower explicitly decides which way to go, which option to pick, which path to take, and what kind of life to live.
The choice comes with much resistance within the person because he or she knows that whatever path is taken, it will certainly require much commitment.
Here are a few challenges along the way:
The Flippant Commitment
When we talk about commitment, it utterly depends on the function, ability, and will of the person making it. It renders the person to willfully commit–otherwise, when he or she is unable to, everything falls apart.
Other situations are far worse: it has been observed that people are by nature flippant. There are moments that we come to a really serious and life-molding commitment but we fall short in fulfilling it almost all of the time.
Our hearts are easily enticed by what is good; leaving no room for what is best. Our souls are constantly on a flurry from new inclinations so much so that we are never set on one place but keep moving from one to the next. Our minds are heavily transfixed on new interests that we never seem to have a still focus.
We are basically and humanly flippant commitment-makers.
Here comes to mind a familiar yet almost alien term to our generation:
Definition: to give up possession of on claim or demand: as
a : to give up (as one’s breath) and so die
b : to surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another : hand over possession of
c : to surrender or submit (oneself) to another
d : to give (oneself) up to an inclination, temptation, or habit
e : to relinquish one’s possession of (as a position of advantage or point of superiority) <yield precedence>
*According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary
The Staunch Surrender
In the life of a true follower, there is no such thing as flippant commitment. We may have been guilty of making these very choices in the past with emotional hyper-packed messages and sermons, with retreats and events that lead us to make renewed commitments but none that last long and alter life.
Yielding is universally different. It is a complete surrender, utter abandon, giving-up one’s self with all rights, possessions, control, and even life to that of another.
Commitment is man-made. Surrender is on the other hand, is centered on God.
When we surrender all of ourselves to what we believe in, it starts to transform our lives. We are made new in every way because God can only work on those who are willing to be re-made—in a sense—reborn.
As long as we hold a part of ourselves and keep our ways, God will not start His great and mighty work in us as He desires for us to be. Once a surrender is done, it cannot be undone and in that way, God can begin His life-changing power.
The Missional Mandate
At once, when a yield is given—a wield is put into play. The life once given is now fully usable by the great Maker. In the wake of a man-made commitment now stands firm a mandate from God Himself that the person totally surrendered onto God would be brought to a place of meaning, purpose, and destiny–all found in his timely mission as he is living in this world. This is his Missional Mandate.
a : to hold (something, such as a tool or weapon) in your hands so that you are ready to use it
b : to have and use (power, influence, etc.)
*According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary
What would it take for God to so mightily use you and wield you that a heavenly mission is yours to take? A divine commission awaits you and a mandate is upon you. The catch?
Yield to be wielded
The God who brought you forth will be the one who will send you forth.
There is no more place for flippant commitment but utter staunch surrender. The people that God is looking for are the sort who would throw their lives at his bidding without any reluctance, resistance, and recoil. The Lord summons the sleepers and lukewarm sitters. The Lord summons even those who would seem to be unfit, undeserving, and unmerited. The Lord is the one who makes great the small; He makes the weak, strong. The Lord is the one who gives grace to the humble. He who yields his life will be wielded by God in remarkable ways. Are you ready?
Writer’s Bio: Mike is first and foremost a slave of the Lord Jesus—redeemed as a wretched sinner by grace—and called as a wordsmith, speaker, visionary, and creativist for His Church. You may follow more of his Blog at http://thetub-thumper.blogspot.com/