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Today’s Opportunity to Grow Toward Christ-Yielding Spirit

May 3rd, 2011

JOHN SHIRK – Yield signs are commonly found on entrance ramps onto a highway, which means that we are supposed to give the right-of-way to traffic already on the highway.  If no one is coming, we can keep going.  But if a vehicle is on the highway next to us as we try to enter, then we need to slow down and let them go by before we enter.

Yielding to God means that we give Him the right-of-way to direct our lives. We are willing to submit and surrender ourselves to His authority and purposes. It can be a dangerous thing to interpret a yield sign as though it was a green light. Before proceeding with our plans, it is good to commit our plans to God first.

Sometimes, God will stop us from going forward into a place that is not in line with His will for our lives.  At other times, He will say, “Go” into areas that are blessed by His will. God’s guidance will be accompanied by opportunities and gifts of service that bring glory to Jesus Christ.  Joshua said in Joshua 24:23, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.” A yielded heart is focused on doing things God’s way in God’s timetable, and for His glory.

A yielding spirit is a character quality that enables us to represent Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk



  1. Jim
    May 3rd, 2011 at 14:12 | #1

    John great Word. The challenge is often remembering this truth in the midst of life. Blessings!

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