We are in the midst of preparing for Christmas. The tree is up, the house is decorated, and the presents are for the most part wrapped and tagged. I enjoy making Christmas goodies for the neighbors and that remains to be done. There are still the menus to decide on and some major cleaning projects nagging at me. The news reported that Americans on average spend 38 hours preparing for Christmas! And I always tell myself that this year, I will simplify and take things a bit slower.
Today’s verse describes the humble scene of Christ’s birth. Because of the ordered census, the inns were filled with travelers and there was no room available. The King of Kings made His entrance into this world in a stable-like setting. I sometimes wonder about that inn keeper. Did he later realize who it was that he turned away?
Today, there continues to be no room for Jesus. He does not force entry into one’s heart. He knocks at the door of our lives (Rev. 3:20) and awaits our response. His desire is to take up residence and begin a life-long close relationship. What a missed opportunity for those who turn Him away! But amid all the preparations for Christmas, am I making room for Jesus? Somehow, the very reason for Christmas can be crowded out with all my distractions and frenzied activity. I want my heart to be wide open to Him. I want His presence to fill up every nook and cranny.
“O come to my heart, Lord Jesus. There is room in my heart for Thee.”