Last week, I shared publicly another song I wrote and recorded. A good number of my friends listened to it and there seemed to be a common response across board especially from those who have known me for much longer. One word stood out as I read their responses:
. . . YIELDING . . .
A number of my friends messaged me and said it was an amazing thing that I finally yielded to the Holy Spirit to be used by Him. As responses poured in and I noticed the common phrase, I thought hard about what it really meant.
For so many years, I believe I have been in hiding. I have housed a number of fears and regrets that restricted the use of the graces of God in my life. The fear of rejection, the fear of failure, the fear of not fitting in, and the many other fears that were rooted in all of the ones mentioned. I have felt many times like Moses, arguing with God by the burning bush, giving a million excuses for why I don’t think I would be able to go where He sends. But over the lockdown months, the Lord got me to a place where I realised like Peter that the One who is giving the instruction is the Ancient of Days, who knows the end from the beginning and knows every path I should take. So I didn’t get here by any effort of mine, He got me here, just like He did for everyone He has ever used.
Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, the prophets, even Jesus, all yielded to God and allowed Him to work through them to accomplish the mighty things they did while they were on earth. But was it easy? I don’t think so. They had to contend with the prevailing circumstances of their day, their flesh that so wanted to go its own way and the fears that would have come in their different shapes and shades.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord asking: Who should I send? Who will go for us? I said: Here I am. Send me.”
Every day of our lives, the Lord asks this question. He is looking for anyone who will be His hand and His feet to a hurting and dying world. He is looking for a mouthpiece to speak His truth and peace into the hearts of others. He is constantly searching for anyone who will be yielded enough to be His representative, giving His love and restoring hope to broken hearts.
You don’t have to be afraid anymore. You don’t have to hide behind anything that feels comfortable enough to hide behind. You don’t have to give excuses anymore. Grace abounds to all of us to do every good work He has assigned us to do, but only those who are yielded to Him actually make use of the grace available, not for their glorification, but only for the glory of the ONE who sends us and empowers us.
So in your home, will you yield to Him and be a source of peace?
In your job, will you yield to Him and be His mouthpiece?
In your community, will you yield to Him and be an extension of His hand of love?
“Who should I send? Who will go for us?“
What will be your response?
In this season, as we choose to remember the greatest gift humanity ever received, let’s do it with a song on our lips, to the One who gave us the gift, and to the One who is the Gift: JESUS. Join me as we sing Hallelujah!