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
There was no room for them in the inn. No room for Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, in the inn. Mary and Joseph had to take up temporary residence in a barn so that God's Son would have a place to be born. How does this apply to you and me? We weren't even there. Yet as I finally take the time on this day before Christmas to reflect upon the reason for this beloved holiday, I find that I have been no different from the innkeepers over 2000 years ago this particular year. I have not made room for Jesus in the "inn" of my life.
Yes, I have thought about God and Jesus and my Bible this past week. Yes, I have been a good servant (albeit sometimes with a not-so-good attitude) by helping out someone in need this December and giving up a room in my home and some of my time in the name of showing Christ's love. I have shared the gospel twice within the past week at speaking engagements and passed along encouraging words of hope and the power we have through God's word to live our lives to the fullest. I have proclaimed the truth on my blog, given away Christmas presents and enjoyed family get-togethers. I'm sure there are some other good deeds I have done if I really stop to think about them.
But the deeds are not the point. In fact, the good deeds are what have contributed to my lack of "warm fuzzy-ness" about the holiday festivities that will descend upon my house tomorrow. The good deeds and lack of devotional time have prompted me to say to my husband just a couple of hours ago "I wish Christmas would just be over." Such a sad statement that is! I have unusually missed the point this past week before Christmas, allowing household distractions and the excitement of new possibilities to interfere with my usual routine of daily quiet time with God, the One who refuels my soul. I have not made enough room in my "inn".
Today is another day. Better stated, this hour is a new hour. Today is a beautiful and sunny Christmas Eve day where the white snow on the ground and rooftops glistens as a reminder of God's gift to us in Jesus, His one and only Son, sent to redeem the world. It is a day worth treasuring and not wishing away. Christmas day will be the same. It will be a good day - a great day - because today I will again make room for Him in my "inn". Lots of room. What about you?
Merry Christmas to all of you!
With warm regards,
Janna Rust is a Life Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.