We are amidst one of the busiest seasons of the year and everyone’s keeps asking the same question, “Are you ready for Christmas?” My honest answer, no. Why, I’ve barely started my shopping and my decorating is only half done AND there’s still programs to attend and parties to be had.
If we are not careful, the business of it all can often times leaves us feeling quite wearied. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of these things in and of themselves, they are fun and festive. But sometimes the very things which are meant to put us in the mood for Christmas, are often the same things that can rob us of the joyous reason we celebrate it.
So how do we make room for all of these things without losing our joy? How do we hold tight to the true meaning of Christmas? The answer can be found in the story of Jesus’ birth in the book of Luke. Caesar Augustus made a decree to the Roman Empire that all people return to their hometown for a census. So Joseph traveled with Mary, his fiance’ who was VERY pregnant and about to give birth, to the town of Bethlehem, to register for the census.
“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 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 2:6-7
I’m always in awe of God’s amazing love for us. Love came down. He left his place of glory to come down to earth. He put on human skin so that we could know him and relate to Him. He was fully God and yet fully human. He came to show us the way. . . and to ultimately accomplish His father’s will by dying for our sins.
And yet as the story goes, they were looking for a place to stay, a place for Mary to give birth, and there was NO ROOM for them in the inn. No room for the Savior of the world to be born! Preparing our hearts for the coming of Christmas requires making room for Him. The question is, “Do we make room for Jesus in the inn of our lives?” “Do we daily make room for his presence?”
The author and the creator of your life wants to be in your life. Not just a small corner of your life, He want’s to be your life. He doesn’t just want us to know of Him, but he wants to make himself known to us. He did this by coming to the earth in human form. He put on flesh and was born as a baby just so that we may know Him. He was born in a stable, dark and dirty, not quite the Christmas Card portrait of his birthing place. And in the same way He comes to us in our sin infested lives so that we may be born anew in him.
Hope for humanity was born on Christmas day! The glorious birth of the Savior of the world who took on our sinfulness so that we could have a right relationship with Him. God longs for relationship with us. Is there a place in your heart for Him? Are you making room? Christmas is about inviting him in.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Father God, thank you that love came down at Christmas! Thank you for sending Jesus to us and for us. To live for us and to ultimately die for us, so that we didn’t have to. Thank you for the relationship we can have with you because of what Jesus did for us. Thank you for this gift . . . help us to make proper room for You.