Christmas To Do-ers List
Day 2: Make Room for Him
She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7
Can you imagine being Mary perched on a donkey, already in the pangs of labor, as they entered the city of Bethlehem? I am sure she was hoping for a quiet place, a haven to give birth to her son. But that’s not what greeted her. A city teeming with people and noise, with nary a haven in sight.
Or perhaps you identify more with Joseph, with the full responsibility of Mary and the imminent birth on his shoulders. Every inn was packed; every door he desperately knocked on slammed in his face. No room.
As we consider Mary and Joseph’s plight that night, one of the most important lessons we can take from this story is to make room for the Savior in our lives. In the whole city, one innkeeper took pity on their plight and offered what he had for their use.
What about us? Do we make room for the Word Made Flesh in our lives? John 8:37 tells the sad story of those who have no room for the word. But when we make room for Jesus, when we give Him what we have, He changes everything. The more room we give Him in our lives, the more changes He makes. And the more He uses what we give Him.
While it’s a good start, Jesus is asking for more than just Sunday morning. We need to make room in our schedules, in our homes, in our leisure time, in our work, in our hearts.
When we pray about our schedules, Jesus can multiply our time, help us to make the right connections and opportunities. When we invite Him into our families, He can soften and quicken the hearts of ourselves and our loved ones to bring about necessary change. When we pray about our leisure time activities and hobbies, He can spark creativity and opportunities we may not have had otherwise. When we give Him our work, He can help us weather difficulties and inspire us with new ideas. When we step out in ministry, he can bless our five loaves and two fish into much more than we imagine. Making room for Him is the key to change in our own lives.
Determine how you will make room for Jesus this Advent.
- What does your devotion time look like? Are you meeting with Jesus in the morning or evening? If not, when can you make time for Him?
- Is there an area of your life that you have put up the “no vacancy” sign at, that you haven’t yet yielded control of to Jesus?
- Can you make room for an extended time of prayer once during Advent? Perhaps as a mini-retreat in your own home or somewhere else?
- Is there a step of ministry God is asking you to take for Him?
Please share any ideas of how you will make room for Jesus this season in the comment section below and enjoy the music selection for today: Do You Have Room?, by Shawna Edwards.
Let’s be To Do-ers of His word this Christmas season by making room!
Jane VanOsdol says
Last year I attended a half-day Advent retreat at a local center. It was such a blessing that I want to do that again this year. I loved the quiet and peace and 5 hours to pray and reflect and read! It calms and settles my soul and spirit and sets the tone for Christmas.
Such a great post! I love the reminders to make room for Him! I also love the part where you say “Have you put up a no vacancy sign anywhere in your life.” OUCH! Great post!
Jane VanOsdol says
Thanks, Mary! Sometimes we forget how little free space we have left in our lives!
Jellene Morehead says
Our Lord Immanuel could have come into this world as a king and had the finest room and care as he was being born. But that is not how God planned it. It was to be a humble birth, in a barn. In a manger. We should give him everything he asks of us. Our time, our lives, our love. We should withhold nothing from him. After all, everything we own belongs to him.
You are my God and I pray my heart is clean and pure for you to live there. You deserve the best I have.
Such a good reminder of how we should live, Jellene, HUMBLE!