No Room for Jesus
This time of the year, we will hear the story of the birth of Jesus repeated often. One part of the story that is most often empha-sized is the fact that Mary had to give birth to the Christ child in the stables. “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). No doubt, we are all sad-dened to think there was NO ROOM for Jesus in the Inn. Had the innkeeper known the Savior of the world was about to be born in his city of Bethlehem, he probably would have made room. Yet, out of fairness to the innkeeper, he was overrun with those of the lineage of David who had come to town to pay taxes (Luke 2:1-5). When one really thinks of it, isn’t it even sadder that many today have NO ROOM for Jesus?
Many have NO ROOM FOR JESUS in their HEART. Too often, we have allowed our hearts to be filled with so many things that there is no room for the Lord (Matthew 6:19-20). We can change that overcrowded condition by heeding Peter’s charge. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:15). Will you be a diligent keeper of your heart and make room for Jesus (Proverbs 4:23)?
Many have NOR ROOM FOR JESUS in their HOME. Too many homes are filled with hate, greed, lust, pride, selfishness and countless other things while having no room for Jesus (Mark 3:25). But a careful reading of Ephesians 5:21-32 reveals the importance of Christ being the key ingredient to happiness between a husband and wife. Chapter 6:1-4 emphasizes that when the Lord is allowed in the home, children will obey parents and parents will bring up their chil-dren in the nuture and admonition of the Lord. Will you be a wise keeper of your home and make room for Jesus (Matthew 7:24-25;Hebrews 3:1-6)?
Many have NO ROOM FOR JESUS in their LIFE. Too many have their lives so filled with earthly plans they have no room for Jesus (James 4:13-17). In contrast, Paul de-clared, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Will you be a responsible keeper of your life and make room for Jesus (Revelation 3:20; Matthew 16:24-27; John 10:10)?
Let each of us determine to make room for Jesus in our hearts, homes and lives.