Whetstone Ministries


Daily Encouragements


December 26

ABCs of Christmas (Y) – Matthew 11:28–30

What do you really yearn to experience?

The “Y” of Christmas is a combination of Yearn and Yoke.

Some people did not receive the Christmas gifts that they really yearned to have. Did you? Someone has said, “Be careful what you ask for in prayer, because God may give it to you.” As this Christmas season comes to a close, ask yourself what you really yearn to receive, more than anything else.

The Psalmist wrote, “My soul longeth [yearns], yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God” (Psalm 84:2). If you yearn for such an intimate relationship with the Lord, you can experience it.

There were people who told Jesus they were willing to give up everything and to follow Him. These people could have been called “wannabes.” They wanted the blessings of being with Jesus, but were not willing to pay the cost of such a relationship.

Jesus gave a clear explanation of how to have the kind of intimate relationship that many yearn to enjoy. He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).

If you really yearn for (crave, deeply desire) an intimate relationship with the Lord, take up the yoke He offers you. This yoke is a symbol of total submission to Him. Jesus illustrated this yoke when He prayed just before He was arrested and crucified, “not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).

Choose to take up your yoke (by submitting your will to the Lord), and He will satisfy the deepest yearnings of your heart.