Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Behind every person is a motive that drives them. It’s what makes us rise in the morning and work through the day. Even the lazy person has a motive; it’s to do nothing. We all have passions that masters us, and that is what Jesus is dealing with in his words. He is saying if you have the right passion in life, you will find rest. The Old Testament gives us Jesus’ passion, “It is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, O my God” (Ps 40:7-8). Examine Jesus’ life from beginning to end and you will see it is so.
We each have a choice of what to carry into the New Year; our will or God’s will. You may decide to carry your own will into 2017. If that is your decision the year will just be a repeat of the past. Instead, why not accept Jesus’ invitation and take up His yoke. What is Jesus yoke? It is doing the will of God. If you accept His invitation you will find rest, and wouldn’t that make for a great year?