“Whatever You Wish” (Matthew 7: 12, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus says, “Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.” Everything in the Law, everything in the Prophets points to and contains this one rule.

Have you given a gift to someone only to discover later that they did not care for it? Was this gift something you wanted to buy for yourself? Did you instead buy it for another person, wrap it, and give it away, secretly wishing someone would give you that very gift? This is love despite the fact that the other person did not, could not fully appreciate your small act of self-denial.

The character, Wesley in THE PRINCESS BRIDE says to Princess Buttercup, “As you wish” to indicate to her that he loves her enough to do whatever she wishes. He sets his own agenda aside and waits upon her desires.

Jesus calls us to examine situations and figure what we would wish in that particular circumstance; then do for others that wish.

You see a man on a cold January morning going through trash cans at a gas station, and you have filled your car with gasoline. Do you drive away? Or do you think about being cold, hungry, perhaps frightened for the coming night when the temperature will drop even more? Do you invite him to your home? Perhaps. Perhaps you do a simpler deed — approach him, ask him if he’d like some breakfast.

“Just coffee.”

“Cream, sugar?”

“Black.”

You stroll into the store, get the coffee, and think about being hungry. You pick out several power bars. The tab comes to five dollars.

You take the food and coffee to the man, who thanks you.

No matter what the circumstance, there is a small gift of love you can give. Of course, there is much more to give. Giving what you can is better than giving nothing.

Jesus loves many people who never appreciate His love. They do not even know He loves them; that He gives His very life for them. Jesus gives His all. Few of us have ever given our all.

Whatever you wish, give.

“Jesus’ Easy Yoke” (Matthew 11: 28, ESV) by Carley Evans


Do you labor under a heavy weight? Are you burdened in your day to day existence? Jesus says, “Come to Me. I will give you rest.”

Jesus tells us to take His yoke upon ourselves. We are to learn from Him. Jesus claims to be “gentle and lowly in heart.” (Matthew 11: 29) He says that His “yoke is easy, and [His] burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 30)

What exactly makes Jesus’ yoke easy?

When I was little, I wanted my own way most of the time. I said ‘No’ a lot, especially to my parents. I can’t think of a single instance in which this made me happier than if I’d just said ‘Yes’ to my parents. Not one. I can’t think of a time when wanting and getting my own way helped me. My stubborn heart has harmed me more often than not.

Jesus says, “I Am gentle and lowly in heart.” Jesus, who is God, claims to be humble! He claims to set aside Himself for others. His yoke is light; His burden virtually non-existence because He puts others above Himself! He dies for the world! He sets aside His own glory for others!

Jesus calls us to enter His rest. We are to rest from our own work, and step inside His. Jesus has finished His work; and His yoke is easy to wear: light and not burdensome. His yoke calls us to set aside our own stubborn willfulness and give to others that which He gives to us — Himself.