Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.Romans 6:13
Someone asked me recently about Freedom That Lasts and what inspired me to get involved. I told him it all boiled down to our pastor buying me a Caniac meal from Cane’s Chicken. I pretty much will yield to anything after chicken fingers, fries and a piece of Texas Toast. I did not realize all that would go into the ministry, but I was a go after consuming a plate full of deliciousness of food that is not good for you. I questioned that it would be every Friday night, but I figured there would be a way around that soon enough and that I would just need to figure that part out. I also did not realize what a blessing it would be in my life, and just how much my life would change.
When the ministry started, I realized my Friday nights would not be free, and I also realized I would be spending birthdays, anniversaries, and even Christmas at Freedom That Lasts. I realized I would have to yield my way of life in exchange for a new way. I would have to learn my new Friday routine, and I would have to change some things in my own heart and life. I thought I would be comfortable helping people while ignoring my own sinful ways and the change that was needed in my own life.
As I delved into the curriculum, I started to realize spiritual principles that taught me there were many things in my spiritual life that I was going to have to change. The fact of the matter was I was yielding plenty to the things I should not have not been and not yielding to the things I should have been. I was brought to the point where I was going to have to make a decision. Who was I going to yield to? Was I going to continue to yield to my flesh or was I going to walk in the Spirit and yield to God? We all yield to something or someone whether it be the forces of evil and the flesh or to our God and His command. Each day we will make a decision of whom we will yield to. There will be days that may seem harder than others, but the more we yield ourselves unto God the easier that choice will get.
To whom will you yield today? Will you join the forces of evil or will you walk in newness of life? You will have to make a decision. Yielding ourselves to God will bear fruit that will last for all eternity, but pleasing self will bring about emptiness that can only be satisfied by living for God. May we follow Joshua’s lead as stated in Joshua 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”