During the week of Christmas, I was reading a devotional “The Hope of Christmas” pastorrick.com on the You Version Bible app
Luke 2:7 “and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manager, because there was no guest room available for them.”
Too Busy: this devotion really brought clarity to the importance of when Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem only to find no room in the inn!
Imagine you take a family vacation with making no reservations! You leave home and drive to the first destination the children are tired, hungry and when you get to a hotel, they are booked you try another only to find out all the hotels are booked, you then have to decide to drive on or sleep in your car?
This is how Mary and Joseph may felt, but they had the promised Messiah that people had anticipated for thousands of years. Can you imagine the stress that they were feeling and they did not have a car to sleep in only a donkey? This did not stop the Son of God from coming into the world, imagine the innkeeper who missed a great opportunity and missed the biggest blessings of his life because he did not have room for Jesus. Now “we can’t be to hard on the innkeeper for not having room for Jesus”, as we do this all the time!
- We have a schedule full of things to do (do we schedule time with Jesus)
- We spend our money on the nicest and newest items (do we give to others in need)
- Time advancing our careers (not always having time to help others in community, church)
Psalm 10:4 NCV “The wicked people are too proud. They do not look for God; there is no room for God in their thoughts.”
Good news: Revelation 3:20 CEV “Listen! I am standing and knocking at your door. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and we will eat together.”
As we celebrate Christmas and other events in our lives, we should ask ourselves this question: Have you left room in your inn for Jesus? Are you answering His knocking and letting Him into your life?