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Good question.  What in the world is "Yanyo?"  Is it the name of some cutting-edge technology?  Is it some ancient Eastern philosophy?  Is it the not-so-famous cousin of Yanni?

"Yanyo" is an acronym drawn from two verses that hugely impacted my spiritual formation when I first started the Christian journey at 19.  I learned and memorized these words from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:

"What?  Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God’s."  (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, KJV)

I remember a weekend message from 19 years ago like it was yesterday.  The speaker painted a picture of the incredible substitutionary sacrifice of Christ and quiety repeated something like:

"The day you received Jesus Christ, you were bought with a price…the perfect sacrifice of Christ.  And because of that, you’re not your own.  I said you’re not your own.  I said you’re not your own.  I said you’re not your own.  I said you’re not your own…"

I heard it.  I read it.  I bought into it whole-heartedly.  My life isn’t my own.  Tim, you are not your own:  "Yanyo."

Yanyo is the belief that Jesus is truly Lord over anything and everything in your life.  Yanyo is giving yourself fully as a follower of Jesus Christ…a disciple of Jesus.

2000 years ago, Jesus took my place on the cross.  19 years ago, when I received Jesus as Savior, Jesus took His place as my Lord (leader).  And life has been a gazillion times better ever since.

P.S. To hear the way 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ought to be read, just ask Rachel Brown at Grace Church.  Not only do her and her husband, Jim, love people in an amazing way, she nails the reading of the first word.  🙂