Surrendered to God
Category : General
Romans 6: 13(KJV)
13Neither 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.
It is noted, yielding is an image carried over from the world of matter into the world of mind. In every case of yielding you have pressure meeting with resistance and overcoming it.
To yield implies that two persons have been opposed one to the other, and that now one submits to the other. This submission may be a willing or unwilling, unreserved or reserved, permanent or temporary. Here we commanded not to give up, or devote, or employ your members, etc. The word “members” here refers to the members of the body – the hands, feet, tongue, etc. It is a specification of what in Romans 6:12 is included under the general term “body;” Romans 7:5, 7:23; 1 Corinthians 6:15; 12:12, 12:18, 12:20.
The command is do not yield to temptation. It is no sin to be tempted, the sin lies in yielding. While the sin exists only in Satan’s solicitation, it is the devil’s sin, not ours: when we yield, we make the devil’s sin our own: then we Enter Into temptation. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Satan himself cannot force you to sin: till he wins over your will, he cannot bring you into subjection. You may be tempted; but yield not to the temptation.
“But yield yourselves unto God “- Let God have your wills; keep them ever on His side; there they are safe, and there they will be active. Satan cannot force the will, and God will not. Indeed, it would cease to be will, were it forced by either: it is essential to its being that it be free.
The apostle has just warned his readers not to surrender their limbs and bodily organs to sin as the conquered surrender their weapons to the conqueror. Now he is pressing upon them to whom they should surrender, not only their limbs and organs, but their whole being, their very selves.
Christians likewise should devote every member of the body to God and to His service. Their tongue should be consecrated to His praise, and to the office of truth, and kindness, and benevolence; their hands should be employed in useful labor for Him and His cause; their feet should be swift in His service, and should not go in the paths of iniquity; their eyes should contemplate His works to excite thanksgiving and praise; their ears should not be employed to listen to words of deceit, or songs of dangerous and licentious tendency, or to persuasion that would lead astray, but should be open to catch the voice of God as He utters His will in the Book of truth, or as he speaks in the gale, the zephyr, the rolling thunder, the ocean, or in the great events of His providence. He speaks to us every day, and we should hear Him. He spreads His glories before us, and we should survey them to praise Him. He commands, and our hands, and heart, and feet should obey
Have a great and God filled day!