I have been conducting research on the living the abundant life as a yielded life. Jesus taught that we are to die to self and allow Him to live through us. He said, “Pick up your cross and follow Me.” Matthew 10: 38 and Mark 8:34. The Cross was a symbol of death during the days of Jesus. Not only was it a symbol of death, it was a symbol of excurtiating suffering, thrist, and pain. To be crucified meant that you suffered for hours until your body stopped functioning. Usually it was through affixiation because the lungs filled with water. It was a slow and very painful death.

So how does living a yeilded life make you more evangelistic? When you die to yourself, you stop giving in to your own volition and desires. You stop living how you want to live. Instead you begin to ask Jesus, God the Father and the Spirit to guide you , to lead you and give you the words to say as you witness. When you begin to think how can God use you to tell someone about Jesus Christ, then you are living the yielded life.

Praying is another way for living the yielded life. When you pray that God would open doors for you to share with someone you are allowing God to have His will in your life. A yielded follower of Jesus Christ is always talking to God the Father, and Jesus Christ seeking to be used as a witness for Jesus. sake. 

The yielded Christian is a commited believer. The commitment is worked out by obeying the Great Commission and the Acts 1:8 challenge by Jesus to be His witnesses. Usually a believer living the yielded life is a person living with urgency. This is usually expressed through asking God to allow him or her to share with someone the good news about Jesus Christ.

As I have contemplated today’s church and the state of our evangelism efforts, I conclude that probably 80 percent of professing Christians have not shared the Gospel, conversationally with a lost person in months maybe even years. This is a reflection of the lack of urgency that the church has to tell the worl d about Jesus. Without urgency there is no motivation to reach out to lost people with the Gospel. The lack of urgency can come down to one thing and that is disobedience to God, and to Jesus Christ our Lord.

Living the yielded life will result in a happy life and abundant life. The believer who is yielded is experiencing a fruitful life. The Christian life is more than just knowing about Jesus and how much Scripture you have memorized. Chrisitianity is about knowing Jesus and living out what Scripture says and sharing it with other people. God’s word changes things and people. If God’s word hs changed you when you believed you should not keep it to yourself. God never intended for you to keep it bound up in you. You are to give it away. Christians should be the best at regifting, this is another topic for later. I have written a sermon on regifting God’s gift of eternal life.

Do you want to be a happier and fulfilled follower of Jesus Christ? Let me challenge you to go and live the yielded life. You will see many benefits from allowing God to use you. Let Jesus be Jesus in you. Go tell some one the Jesus story and how He impacted you.

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Comments
  1. Hiram says:

    It may be that many of professing Christians do not have a testimony to tell.
    The Reason: Romans l0:9-10 says, “That if you CONFESS with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth CONFESSION is made unto salvation”.

  2. vicben says:

    Hiram,

    You are correct in this assumption. There are numerous so called Christians who were made a church member without ever hearing the Gospel. I have had Christians from mainline Christians groups who told me that they had never had the Gospel explained to them.

    This is why every preacher should include the Gospel in his sermons and should give an invitation inviting people to trust in Jesus.

    Victor

  3. Tom says:

    Victor,
    Thank you for letting me know about your website.
    In reading your article, I thought about “woe is me if I do not evangelize” in 1 Corinthians 9:16. If we stop intentionally sharing Christ, we do call a curse down upon ourselves.
    Thanks again,
    Tom.

  4. Lynn Webb says:

    Victor I like the emphasis you place on living with urgency. I believe this a key statement that Christians must grasp in order to be more intentional in witnessing. Every moment could be our last moment so we must live with an urgency to share the gospel. Every Day, Every Hour, Every Minute, people die without knowing Jesus therefore we MUST Live With Urgency!
    Acts 1:9-11 says, “Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, he was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
    These two men (angels) specifically indicated the urgency to not stand around watching and waiting but to go with urgency and share the gospel throughout Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of earth.
    Living the yielded life results in being ALIVE-(A)lways (L)iving (I)n (V)iew of (E)ternity

  5. tenant says:

    tenant says : I absolutely agree with this !

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