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To Busy! No Room!

Posted by Emma on December 20, 2011 | Filed under: Christianity,Holidays

On Sunday, I heard a pastor talk about the Innkeeper in Luke 2 and how he was to busy to realize what a miracle happened at his inn and had no room for Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. This stood out to be because it is something I have been thinking about throughout this month.

Christmas seems to have become a very busy time of year. There are lots of things to do, many distractions, and tons of focus on earthly things. Relatively little is said about Jesus, the real reason for this season. I think this is just how Satan wants things to be. I could go on about that, but that is not the purpose of this post. This time of year has gotten too busy and we have been distracted.

We are to busy to notice Jesus. 

Seriously, how often have you stopped this month to think about Jesus and what His coming to earth as a baby meant? Have you thought more about Jesus than your to-do list? Have you thought about what you can give to Jesus more than what you are giving to your family/friends/other?

If the answer is yes to these questions, good for you. If the answer is no, maybe it is time to stop.

Not only have we become very busy, but we also do not have room for Jesus.

No room for Jesus! 

This hurts more than being busy. It is usually the little ways that we show that we have no room for Jesus. None of us like to admit that we might not really have much room for Him. We want to think that we are pretty good. But in truth, often we shut Him out. We tell Him there is not room here for Him. We are not willing to boot our pleasures, our desires, ourself so that there is room for Him.

We show that we have no room for Him when we go our way and not His. We show this when we use our pleasure instead of spending time with Him. We show it when we are more focused on our agendas, our friends, our plans, our needs, our holiday than on Him, His plans, His friends, His needs. We show it when we are focused on our side of Christmas and not on Him and what He did. And perhaps the biggest way we show it is when we are not willing to surrender all of ourselves to Him. If we do not let Him into our lives and give Him control of every area, we are saying, “Jesus, I have no room for you.”

I want to challenge you. Stop during this final week before Christmas. Take time to notice Jesus and think about what He has done for you. Make sure you have room in your heart for Jesus and you are not shutting the door in His facing. Celebrate with Jesus.