My wife and I enjoy watching true-to-life movies about English kings and queens. The royalty down through the centuries are prime examples of abuse of power, self-indulgence, pride and ultimate vanity. It proves that man, when left to his own resources, will self-destruct.
One of the words that come to my mind when I think of the various kingdoms of the world is the word “Yield”. Even with absolute power there must be a degree of yielding. The kings of the past who had the most peaceful and prosperous rule displayed an attitude of service and humility.
It was the custom and the law of the kingdom for the subjects to yield to the authority of the king. To refuse to yield is sure death. But to properly yield to the King turns away his wrath. Properly yielding brings prosperity and peaceful living in the kingdom.
Just as properly yielding in an earthly kingdom is important, learning the importance of yielding in the heavenly kingdom is just as important. Having continual inward peace is the goal of every believer. Being at rest during every situation is the ideal of every committed follower of Jesus.
Yielding to our heavenly Father is not a set of religious rules and regulations but more of a Biblical principal which includes learning to rest, surrender and abandon. Matter of fact, most struggles in the Christian life occurs when we lack these spiritual virtues.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden come to me and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.”(Matthew 11:28-29)
One of the key components of yielding is learning to rest. It’s the idea of casting your burdens and cares upon Jesus so your soul (your mind, will and emotions) can rest. We can rest when things are falling apart because Jesus the sovereign God is in control. I heard someone say one time, “Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurred to God?” That means God is never taken by surprise at the events of our life. He is fully aware of every detail.
Another element of yielding is surrender and abandonment. As a follower of Christ, we can never be at peace with God or ourselves unless we learn the act of surrender and abandonment.
In my immaturity and naivety as a new believer, I thought the sum total of the Christian life was being born again. That is a first step, but I soon learned that being a committed follower of Jesus sets in motion a war in the heavens for my allegiance. Since the enemy lost his grip on my soul he began a campaign to gain back the affection and allegiance he lost when I was born again.
So the battle in the Christian life becomes the struggle of surrender and abandonment. I think that is the reason we have so many struggles in life. We are not willing to abandon and surrender every area of our life to the supremacy of Christ.
I know that is paradoxal, but weakness is strength, and surrender is victory. The more of our life we surrender to His control the greater our rest.
The Scripture teaches us that abandonment and surrender is normal to the Christian life. ”Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed (metamorpheo) by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:1-2)
Why is surrender and abandonment such an issue with God? Fenelon says, “God’s desire is to seek out and destroy the roots of self-love. You, on your own, could never find those hidden roots. God can see the entire path of self-love with your heart. Let him attack self-love at it strongest point.”
Yielding to the King of Glory is all about being suited for Kingdom Life so that He can live His life through us. It is not about performance but about relationship. It’s about laying down the self-life and exchanging our life for His life.
God desires an ongoing love relationship with us. Will you join me in allowing the Holy Spirit to examine our life in order to reveal our self-love so that we may fully yield to the King?