No Room

Manger

Well, it’s Christmas morning and I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas. I have this thing each Christmas morning that I read the narrative of Jesus birth in the first 2 chapters or Luke. Each holiday season we hear about there being no room at the Inn. For some reason this has really hung with me this month.

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:1-7 ESV

While putting together my thoughts this morning for this article I suddenly remembered an old television show from my youth. It was called “Make Room for Daddy” and it stared Danny Thomas. Now I am willing to bet that almost no one that reads this blog will remember that show. I barely remember it and I will be 64 next month. It ran on 2 networks from 1953 until 1964. Thomas played Danny Williams, a successful comedian and nightclub entertainer. The show’s premise dealt with Danny being so busy that he rarely had time to spend with his family and children leaving them on their own.

So why was it that the innkeeper could make no room for Jesus? Thomas was so busy in the show he had no time for his family. Could it be that the innkeeper was so busy he had no time for Jesus? With the census and all the people coming in to register he was surely very busy. But you must wonder how he could make no room for the King of Kings? And why did the people of Jerusalem or Herod or his advisors not take the time to walk the short distance to Bethlehem to check out the Messiah? Were they also so busy that they couldn’t make room in their lives for the birth of Jesus? His birth had been foretold for thousands of years, yet when the Son of God came into the world, there was no room for him.

As I look at these things I realize that our society today is not much different. Not only are we so busy in the month of December getting ready for the commercial aspect of Christmas that we tend to have no room for Jesus, but we are generally that busy most of the year. We fill out days with events, jobs, careers, games and a score of other things rather than giving Jesus the honor and significance in our lives that He deserves. We can be so busy with all these things in our life that we forget all about Christ. In a sense, we can actually lose God in the midst of it all.

It spills over into every aspect of our daily life. We make no room for him in our home, we make no room for him in our schools, we make no room for him in our work. The list can go on and on until our Savior is lost in the hustle and bustle of all our busy activities. We can lose Jesus this time of year in the scramble of Christmas, Rudolph, Frosty and Elf on a Shelf. We can lose Him the rest of the year to work, family activities, overtime and daily pressure.

Make room for Jesus in your Inn today. Not only today which is Christmas day, or this season but each and every day of the year. Don’t be so busy that you have a “No Vacancy” sign for Him in your daily life. If you do you will end up like so many of the people in Luke Chapter 2 and miss out on the opportunity of having Jesus Christ be a part of your life.

If you haven’t made room for Jesus in your life want to talk about how you can have a relationship with Him, just click the Contact Me link at the top of the site page and I’d be happy to talk with you.

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3 Responses to No Room

  1. Craig Hamann says:

    You’re right. I get busy with worldly things and too often don’t make room for Jesus. Yet Christ has always had room for me. Jesus is not only part of life, He is life.

  2. kansasvike says:

    Those days I leave Him out I usually end up feeling empty like there was something missing that day. Things go much better for me when I start my day with time spent with Him and His word.


    Mike

  3. Chuck says:

    Agreed
    My day is so much better when I put Him first in the morning.
    Chuck

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