Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

October 26, 2013

A positive minute: Y is for yield

By Dr. Michael Layne
Daily News

---- — Romans 6:16 – “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

Signs are everywhere, even in the country, that advise us when we need to stop, speed limit and when we need to yield to other traffic. Without the signs and traffic lights can you imagine what traffic would be like? It would be chaotic at best.

The yield sign advises us to proceed with caution, without sopping, unless there is traffic on the cross street or in the lane of travel we will move into when entering an Interstate. I have seen some intersecting streets/roads that should have a stop sign rather than a yield sign, but I’m not the one who makes those decisions.

To yield is saying that we are giving the right of way to someone else. In our spiritual journey, when we yield ourselves to God, then we are saying that we are giving God the right of way in our lives.

For those who have no desire to yield to God in their lives, guess to whom they are yielding? The enemy of our soul is standing by to place within us the desire to do evil. Think not? Listen to the news any given day or night and what do you hear the most? Evil doing, theft, robbery, burglary, murder and a multitude of other occurrences that lead one, not to grace, but to evil. That is not the Lord’s desire for humanity.

When a person decides to yield their life to the Lord it really does make a difference in how they live in this life. Our scripture says: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

It’s pretty clear that we are servants to whomever it is that we yield ourselves in this life. The choice is to do good or, evil. I submit that it doesn’t matter if one has been in church all of their life, if they have an attitude that causes problems by what they say or how they live, there is a real good chance that person has not yielded totally to the Lord.

I hear from people who used to attend church, but haven’t attended in a long time due to the way they were treated by someone in the church. So, the question is, are we, as church attenders, yielding our lives to the Holy Spirit or not? The answer is easy. How do you treat others? How willing are you not to spread gossip? The list goes on and on.

Determine today that you will yield your life to the Holy Spirit. He will not guide you into places where you should not be or, prompt you to say or, do what you should not be doing. The Holy Spirit will, help you to be strong in your faith and start being a blessing in people’s lives.

If we yield our life to God, we will most certainly, be blessed by righteousness or, right living. Does all of this come automatically? Well, not exactly. It takes each of us working on our attitude and behavior every day. This is something the Holy Spirit will help each of us with as we yield our life to Him.

Sometimes it’s difficult to accept what the Word of God says to us. Sometimes it stings doesn’t it? St. Augustine had this to say: If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.

Please take an inventory of your opinions and attitude. Are they based on scripture or, just something we have always heard or, made up ourselves because it sounds good?

This Wednesday at 6:30 PM, we will be studying about Redefining Prayer. Waiting can be hard, but waiting can also be worthwhile. What things do you consider worth waiting for?

Hope to see you Wednesday as we meet at The Fine Grind, 120 E. Washington St, Greensburg.

The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, can be reached at 812-662-5154 or through