I’ve been reflecting on Yield signs recently. You know, the ones they put at the end of the on-ramp to the highway, the ones that say, “be careful as you merge onto the highway and remember that the ones already on the highway have the right of way.” Except drivers don’t seem to drive that way anymore. Over and over as I’m driving on the highway, people just come barreling onto the highway with no thought to the traffic that’s already there. Most of the time, I could move to the next lane, but multiple times in just the past two months or so, I’ve been trapped between the car to my left and the merging car on my right and the merging car refused to yield. In fact, the cars’ drivers weren’t even aware I was there. While that has impacted my driving (no more right lane driving…), I think this phenomenon has something to say to us about our faith, too.
Yield, in traffic terms, means to give the right of way to another. But in fact, many drivers think it means to take the right of way from another and that’s how they drive. Now let’s apply the term to our faith. What would it mean if instead of forcing ourselves to behave properly (taking the right of way), we yielded ourselves to God, giving him the right of way in our lives. What change would there be in us if we spent more time with God and less worrying about our (or others’) behavior? They say we are what we eat. What if we are who we are spiritually by virtue of what we find in our time with God, not by the behaviors we have managed to change by our own force of will? It turns out, Mike Breen at Mike Breen and 3DM has already written a bit on this very idea, without the yield sign. Take a look at his post at http://mikebreen.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/why-i-dont-believe-in-christian-accountability-a-response/ and let me know what you think.