Luke 14:33. John 12:24-26. Mark 16:27-30.
Matthew 19:29. Philippians 1:21, 29.
Everybody – no matter who is involved, in life and standing – is known by the things they give their time, energy and attention to do. And it’s those things individuals do that define who they are. The Bible says, to whom you yield your members to obey, the same is your master, just as you become a slave to it, invariably.
To yield is to give in or to concede or to surrender to someone or something by way of obedience and complete control.
For us as BELIEVERS, to yield goes deeper to determine how much we have left or abandoned the control of our lives in the hand of our Master and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Whereas Jesus demands that those who follow Him should be totally committed to His full control, many of us believers contend with it.
Yet, it is inescapable for those who wish to be of greater use in the hand of God to fully yield to Him. This is especially so because those who were meaningfully and greatly used of God GAVE ALL.
In John 1:35-51 and Mark 1:16-21, the Bible gave the account of the encounter Jesus’ had with His disciples before He assembled them for kingdom business.
Don’t forget that all of these men were professionals, business men and public officers- in their own rights- who were gainfully engaged, and earning decent livelihood.
They were not layabouts. They were not idlers or loafers. They were not people who ran out of what to do; and then turned to Jesus for refuge. Jesus called these men who were busy. And they followed Him. Name them: Andrew, John, Cephas Peter, Nathaniel among others. He didn’t cajole them. They offered themselves willingly for His service.
The gospel is so attractive to preach. Only if men understand its beauty and the accompanying satisfaction when one is abandoned in the absoluteness of God’s will. Indeed, Peter and the rest of apostles saw afar off. And today, we read about their exploits to the delight of our hearts.
Interestingly, Jesus didn’t hide the pain inherent in the gospel business. He made it clear to them that the acceptance to follow Him goes with huge cost and disadvantage before the perishing world. Take this sampler in Like 12: 24-26 from Jesus:
24, Verily, verily, I say unto you:
Except a corn of wheat fall to the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
25, He that loveth his life shall lose it,; he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it until life eternal.
36, If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.
These Servants of God were determined to follow Jesus despite these discouraging exhortations from the Master. Not even when He told them earlier that the Son of man had no place to lay his head: they still followed Him. Today, we are also called the children of God because they perpetuated the WORK Jesus’ handed over to them.
But why do BELIEVERS find it difficult to be fully yielded to God?
1, Fear of Divine Interruption.
The lives of the Apostles and their private plans were interrupted by Jesus as soon as He called them to follow Him. They became enslaved to the business of the kingdom ,: and did everything as directed and dictated by Heaven.
They became pilgrims on earth even though they were full blooded human beings still inhabiting on this side of eternity. Total Surrender or Full Yieldedness is the uncompromising root to being God’s battle axe. Jeremiah 1:1-10.
Many of us believers don’t want our plans to be interrupted by God. Whereas we want to be used of God, yet , we want to do it in our own terms. God is the Sovereign over all flesh. To Him every thought, every action and every ambition shall yield . Nobody who wishes to serve Him in whatever capacity does so in their own terms.
In Hebrews 11:24-30, the Bible has this record about Moses. Although Moses was well placed to become a heir apparent to the Pharoah, although he was living in splendor and privilege when the rest of Israel were suffering in bondage, and whereas, he was not reasonably aware of who God, The I AM, That I AM, was ( still is), he made the painful choice to suffer reproach with the children of Israel He had Egypt as a global power then in his feet. He could bestride it as a collossus, yet he pitched his tent with the less PRIVILEGED Israel. Today, he is vindicated.
So many believers who should be doing great and marvellous things for God are currently enscounced in their cozy offices and palatial homes thinking that their big tithes and offerings are enough incentives for God to leave them alone. You may have been mistaken. Why financing is key to kingdom business, Samuel told Saul that obedience is better than sacrifice and to hearken better than the fat of rams.
Yes, divine interruption is part of kingdom business. In 2 Kings 19:6, God mandated Elijah to anoint Elisha as prophet to replace him.
‘ So, he departed and found Elisha… who was plowing with 12 yoke of oxen, and he with the 12th, and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.’
The only thing Elisha requested was for Elijah to permit him to kiss his parents and to bid them farewell..which he did. Elisha even organized an emergency party for his staff to close that chapter of his life. He was gratified by the call of God to be His prophet, even though his life’s plan and ambition had been seriously interrupted. Indeed, refocused altogether.
The point must be made that Elisha wasn’t an ordinary farmer. To have 12 yoke of oxen in his days makes him an elite farmer. In financial terms today, each of the oxen would amount to a tractor equivalent. Yet he abandoned his business and followed Elijah as a pupil prophet. You can now understand why God doubled his anointing than Elijah’s.
As you go through this Conversation, could it be that you are weighing your options ? The calling of God is sure. To obey is indeed better than all those fringe assignments you are currently occupied with. God told Israel in Deuteronomy 1 that they need to advance because they had dwelt at the valley for long. That could be YOU.
(To be continued). God bless.
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