“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7
On this Christmas day, I am pondering this thought: Is there room in the inn for Jesus today? I want to believe that if the innkeepers actually knew that Mary was carrying the Son of God, the Promised Messiah, in her womb – they would have let her in. I want to believe that they would have done even more than that – I want to believe that they would have cleared out the master room, the best location of the house – and given it to them free of charge. This is what I want to believe.
However, when I look at our world today – when I think about all the people who are still telling Jesus that there is “no room” in their hearts for Him, I have to wonder. The truth is, many of us know who He is. Or at least, we have heard about who He is. The sad thing to me is that many of our hearts are already full. Many of us think that what we have filling our hearts and lives is what we actually need in order to live the best life possible. The Truth is – there is only One who can fulfill us. There is only One who can gratify us, sustain us, deliver us, protect us, perfect us, fight for us, love us, comfort us – only One. Yet, so many of us are still so blind to the fact that we are keeping Him out of our hearts. We say, “Yes, Jesus – but…” Let us take a moment this Christmas to stop and consider where we are in this. Even as followers of Christ, there can be spaces of our lives in which we are still telling Jesus there just isn’t room for Him there.
Is there any area (or areas) in your life in which you are telling Jesus there is “no room” for Him?
Let’s pray: Lord! I cry out to you now. Help me to clear away space for you to occupy my heart daily. I confess my brokenness to you. I confess my lack of space in my life and heart to you now. I confess that I can become quickly filled up by the world, and mistakenly place a “No Vacancy” sign on my heart sometimes without even realizing it. Lord, I give you full reign over my heart today. I give you permission to clear away everything that is taking up space and causing you not to have the best places of my heart and life. Lord, all I want is to be yours. Change me, Lord! Simplify my heart! In the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ I pray! Amen
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