The ultimate example of the yielded life is our Lord Jesus Christ. It was in the Garden of Gethsemane He prayed, “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42). He was soon to face the chastening of His Father even though He had perfectly obeyed Him in everything. Surely Jesus is worthy of absolute trust and total surrender on the part of those He has redeemed.
“The root of the righteous yieldeth fruit” (Proverbs 12:12). “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). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey” (Romans 6:16). “For as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness” (Romans 6:19). “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness” (Hebrews 12:11). “So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh” (James 3:12).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: The root of the righteous yields fruit.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (December 30 reading).]