December, 2015

Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man” (Luke 23:4 ESV).

A Yielded SpiritPastorKeith

Jesus continually did things that defied comfortable definition. His teaching did not soothe but stirred up the general population. His person separated and divided families, yet united violent Pilate and wicked Herod. The wonders of an incarnate God brought to earth over a consecrated three-year period span did not bring harmony between earth and heaven in the short term. Instead they cried, “Away with Him” (Luke 23:18). In other words, “Away with God.”

When Jesus came to earth to fulfill the Father’s mission, He did so with a yielded spirit. He came to appease the wrath of God, and the only way to please the Father was to disappoint just about everyone else. When someone yields to God, that person cannot live to please anyone else, including self. In Luke 23 three times Jesus was urged to save Himself (vv. 35, 37, 39), but He could not do that. He could not save Himself and still save us. He could not yield up His spirit and remain in control at the same time. Surrender of our spirits is an all-or-nothing proposition; which leaves no room for negotiation.

Often we agree to the things and the work of God as long as we’re protected by a team of others, or we don’t lose our identity, the respect of our peers, and fair treatment of our elders and leaders.

In order to be useful of God, we must have a yielded spirit. A yielded spirit has no conditions. A person with a yielded spirit commits himself to a loving Father and then dies…daily.

As we seek to “live the life” unto Jesus may that be us as we yield ourselves unto God and not man.

In His service,

Keith L. Bagwell