We sing a hymn called “I Surrender All.” If you’ve been saved any length of time, you’ve probably sung this hymn more than any other hymn in the book. Each verse begins with, “All to Jesus I surrender.”
Surrender is not a Bible word. However, there is a word in the Bible that connotes surrender. That word is yield. The definition of surrender is “to give oneself up into the power of another: YIELD.” And when you search for the word yield, you find it three times in Romans 6.
Surrender Yourself A Servant to God
Rom 6:13, 16 – yield yourselves servants to God. Yielding yourself to God changes who you are. Before his salvation, Paul was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious, 1 Tim 1:13. After his surrender, Paul was appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles, 2 Tim 1:11. What a profound change.
You’ll never become what God wants you to be unless you yield yourself a servant to God. When Paul met the Lord on the road to Damascus, he yielded right there. He asked, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” He neither required nor considered any conditions. Paul took his hands off his own life and put himself in the hands of the Lord. We should do the same thing.
Surrender Your Members Servants to Righteousness
Rom 6:19 – yield your members servants to righteousness. Yielding your members servants to righteousness changes what you do. This is how you go from being an unclean sinner to a holy saint. Before he was saved, Paul was the chiefest of sinners, 1 Tim 1:15. But by the time he was ministering to the Thessalonians he behaved himself, “holily and justly and unblameably.” What a profound change.
You’ll never do what God wants you to do unless you yield your members servants to righteousness. Yield your mind, yield your eyes, yield your ears, yield your mouth, yield your hands, yield your feet, yield every member of your body to righteousness. This should be your conscious question every time you begin to do, say, hear, see or eat something, or go somewhere, “Is this right?” If it is, yield to it. If it isn’t, don’t yield.
The key to becoming what God wants you to be and doing what God wants you to do is surrender. Surrender to God and surrender to righteousness.