Receive Yield Commit
Receiving Jesus, yielding and committing oneself to Him go together. If we have not yielded and committed ourselves to Him we have not received Him. Receiving Jesus makes us a child of God. And God wants the lives of His children to be continually yielded and committed to Him.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Romans 6:13: 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.
1 Peter 4:19: Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Most of them will not admit it, but many that I have shared the gospel with have refused to receive Jesus for the very reasons that they do not want to yield to Him and commit their lives to Him. They think it is easier to join and attend an unbiblical church than to yield their lives to Him, that it is easier to go through a ceremony than to yield their lives to Him, that it is easier to attend an unbiblical church for an hour or two a week than to yield their lives to Him. Before they are saved, the unsaved would rather do anything than yield their lives to Him. What looks to them like the easy way is not the easy way. I speak from experience. For about the first half of my life I tried to take the easy ways. It didn*t work. I was unsaved and miserable.
Proverbs 16:25: There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Proverbs 13:15: Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
Genesis 4:13: And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
Psalms 106:15: And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
Mark 10:17: And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Carnal Christians seem to have unanimously concocted a type of Christianity in which they can receive Jesus but not yield their lives to Him and not be yielded to Him. They find each other. They build and join churches full of the unyielded and uncommitted. They set examples of that sort of Christianity for one another. They tolerate sin in themselves and in others. My flesh would prefer that type of Christianity as well. Our flesh would like to be saved from Hell but it does not want to be kept from sinning. I often wonder if individuals are going to get into Heaven by the skin of their teeth but have no rewards there or if they are not truly saved.
Mark 8:35: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel*s, the same shall save it.
Ecclesiastes 9:10: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Be a Christian with all your might.