Failure to Yield

Sometimes you just can’t beat the language of the King James Version:

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God” –Romans 6:13

Most of us don’t talk like this. In fact, most of us only ever use the word “yield” in reference to one specific context: driving on the road.

The basic concept we’re familiar with is this: when two paths merge, one has the right of way. If a “yield” sign is present at the end of your street, you do not have the right of way. You must pause to be sure it is your time to enter the road. If someone else has the right of way, you must wait.

Matthew 7:14 explains to us that the way of life, the way Christ forges for us, is narrow.

Failing to yield on narrow roads is especially problematic.

What happens when you fail to yield?

You can cause a crash.

I’d love to copy this secular article right on to my blog with footnotes added. Written about the law regarding yielding on the road, the article contains gems like this:

  • “Some drivers operate as if they always have the right of way.”
  • “Failure to yield may be the actual and proximate cause of a crash.”
  • “A failure to yield accident occurs when a driver fails to yield the road appropriately, causing a crash.”

Yield to God


As Romans 6:13 points out to us, we continually have the option to yield. Life is a series of tangled roads and we’re always faced with choices to merge- onto the narrow way of Christ or the wide way of the world.

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Yielding to God allows us to be vehicles of righteousness.

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8 Replies to “Failure to Yield

  1. I love this illustration! I just witnessed a very near miss between two cars this evening because one didn’t yield when they should have so the lesson you draw out is particularly powerful!

  2. Fresh word, Bethany. I had to smile at the one thought about yield and how some drivers think they always have the right away. Lol. So true. But such a great analogy to yielding to God. 🙂

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