Luke 2:7 is a familiar story, especially during the holiday season.
Scripture says it this way; While they were there, the time came for her Child to be born. And she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
No room at the Inn. No room for Jesus – today, we find the same challenge.
During that time in scripture, a decree had gone out forcing each person to be registered in their city. It was a busy time. People were scurrying back to their homes and working fast to make sure everything was in order. It was so crowded that Joseph and Mary could not find a place to stay. They knocked on door after door, yet no one allowed them entrance. That is, until they made their abode in the corner of a manger.
Today, it is again a busy time of year. People are frantically rushing around trying to purchase the perfect gift. Beyond that, there are many more challenges facing us this year. Viruses, mandates, stores closing, lack in finances and job layoffs. It seems everything is demanding our attention.
We cannot afford to be more concerned with gifts or challenges than we are with Jesus – we MUST make room for Him. He IS the reason for this season.
Many years ago, Jesus was looking for a place to abide. Even then He was told, “I’m sorry there is no room for you here.” Is it any different today?
Revelations 3:20 says; Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.
Is this season a time we simply rush through? Do we even realize that Jesus is once again standing at the door knocking? He is looking for a place to make His abode. He wants that place to be in us.
When He knocks, will we open the door and allow Him room in our hearts and in our homes, or will we, like those in the days of His birth reply, “I’m sorry, there is no room here, I don’t have time for that right now, I have too much to get done.”
I don’t know about you, but for me, this Christmas season, more than any Christmas season I can recall, God has required more of me. Perhaps I am simply listening more.
I am giving Him more time, not less. I am working my schedule around Him, not fitting Him into my time. I am spending more time in His presence and less time worrying about the presents. I am leaning in to listen to where He will have me give and what He would have me do.
It has been one of the most peaceful and joyful holiday season I can ever remember. It seems to me that His presence increases with each passing day. I am not rushing through the holiday season, instead I am keeping my focus firmly on God and He is blessing me with His presence and His peace.
I said all that to say this. If this holiday is stressing you. If you are rushing around trying to make sure everything gets done – STOP. Stop and listen for His voice. Stop and listen…is He knocking on the door of your heart? Can you…will you…make room for Him? Will you allow Him the most prominent seat in your home and in your heart? Or will you place Him in the corner until you have time for Him?
I encourage you to remember the REASON for the season and put Him first. You will be so glad you did.
I know God wants to fill you with His peace and JOY, will you make room for Him? I know God wants you to be blessed and empowered during this season…will you make room for Him?
Jesus is the reason for the season…Oh COME LET US ADORE HIM. Let every heart prepare Him room…. even this day!
Meditate on this:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6