That innkeeper, I tell you – he was bold to turn away Jesus. I mean, I appreciate that he eventually offered the barn up to Mary and Joseph. But let’s agree, the barn is no room in the inn.
I’m quick to judge that guy… what a bad decision he made that night. Good luck with that Mr. Innkeeper – I expect that God is pretty disappointed in you. And as those shameful words “no room” echoed in my head, I realized as the busyness of the season has taken hold, I’ve often left “no room” for Jesus either. And by ‘inn’ I mean my daily life – and more importantly the space inside my heart. Particularly in these last few weeks. As the expectations of gifts, decorations, cookies and candies increased – my room for Jesus decreased.
If you can relate, and you inadvertently filled your ‘inn’ – change it. Make room. I’ll be with you. As today unfolds, and tomorrow arrives, I will be intentional about making room for Jesus. And because making room for Jesus in the ‘inn’ means who making room for Him along with those we encounter. It’s abandoning the stuff that this world tells us is a priority. It’s taking hold of this baby Jesus who brings us hope, love, joy and peace – and He expects our hearts to have ‘room.’ So prepare with me. It’s not too late. Don’t be the innkeeper, make room for Jesus. If we don’t, we miss Christmas. Because if you haven’t made room for Jesus in your inn – December 25th is just another day.
Relevant Scripture: “… because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7
Jesus, we’re so close to your arrival. I have so much clutter in my heart, it almost feels as though I have no room left. Please stir up those things that I’ve dwelled on which lack importance. Help me to rid my ‘inn’ of those unimportant things that consume me, so I my heart is open and ready for your coming. Amen.