December 13, 2007

 

Room Enough for Jesus

By Micca Campbell  

 

“and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Luke 2:7 (NASB)

         

Devotion:

One of the first words that come to mind when most think about the holiday season is “busy.” Sad, but true. We are busy decorating the house, baking goodies, shopping for presents, planning parties, attending Christmas plays, and writing out our Christmas cards. Then, just when we think we’ve got a handle on it, we receive that unexpected card in the mail or the neighbor brings us a fruit cake. What do we do? We find time to return the gesture.

 

In fact, we find time and make the room to do all sorts of things during the holidays. We make room for company to come. We make room in front of the picture window for the Christmas tree. We even make room in the kitchen cabinets to store the extra cooking ingredients we need to make our favorite holiday dishes. Let me ask you this…have you made room for Jesus this season?

 

In the familiar story of Christ’s birth, I’ve always been bothered that there was no room in the inn for Jesus. I can’t help but think, Didn’t they know who He was? What could have been so important that they couldn’t stop to make room for Jesus? My best guess is they were thinking only about themselves and their own busy agenda. In doing so, they missed Jesus.

 

Likewise, we can become so busy with our Christmas agenda that we can miss Jesus, too. Instead, we should approach the season with expectancy. If we make the time and room for Jesus, I know He will show up! My nephew taught me that.

 

One of my mother’s Christmas traditions is to withhold baby Jesus from her nativity set until Christmas morning. One year, when her firstborn grandson was about three years old, he asked her, “Grandmamma, where is baby Jesus?”

 

“He’s not been born yet,” she explained to Patrick. “Jesus comes on Christmas Day. Then, you’ll find Him lying right here,” she added while pointing to the manger.

 

Like years past, Christmas came. Mom’s and Dad’s house was full of excitement as each family member arrived with their arms full of presents. We expected to exchange gifts and enjoy a time for food, fun, and celebration. Patrick expected something different. He came running into the house shouting, “Is He here, yet? Is He here? Has Jesus come?”

 

Mother took Patrick over to the nativity and there, cradled in the manger, was baby Jesus. He had come just like He had promised.

 

Over 2,000 years ago, God promised us a Savior. In a little town called Bethlehem, God kept His promise and Christ our Lord was born. While most missed what was happening that holy night, Christ’s birth didn’t escape the attention of heaven, a few shepherds, three Wise men, and some cattle. They pushed aside their duties and agendas to make room for Jesus. In fact, like Patrick, some of them anticipated His arrival. In doing so, their lives were forever changed.

 

Every year Jesus still searches for hearts to fill. The trouble is He can only fill the space you and I allow for Him. Will you make room in your heart for Jesus this season?

 

Christ’s presence may go unnoticed by the world, but you and I, along with heaven, a few shepherds, three wise men, and others who have made room in their hearts, can experience all the glorious wonder that He brings.

 

I invite you to throw away your busy agenda this year. Instead, make room for Christ to come. Anticipate His arrival and experience Christmas like never before!

 

Dear Lord, The best I know how, I lay down my busy agenda to make room for You. Jesus, I don’t want to miss a thing. Give me fresh eyes to see You anew this holiday season. I want to experience Your birth like never before so that I never close You out again. Welcome home, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Related Resources:

Do You Know Him?

 

Visit Micca’s Blog

 

Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas by Sharon Jaynes

 

Advent: Making Christmas about Christ by Lisa Robertson

 

Application Steps: 

Be intentional about letting go of the things that are not necessary in order to make room for Christ this season. Then experience Him to the fullest!

 

Reflections: 

Do you feel like you must give a present or write a card to every person who gives you one? Why or why not?

 

Think of ways you can worship Jesus as you decorate your tree, purchase your gifts, and make your treats.

 

How you can make room for the Christ child this year?

 

Power Verses:

Mathew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (NIV)

 

Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (NIV)

 

Exodus 20:3, “You shall have no other gods before me.” (NIV)

 

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