And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn
Jesus Christ was born in a stable, and His first bed was a manger of hay. There was no room for Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus at the inn. Not much has changed since then. Many people will never give Christ a thought during this Christmas season, and there is certainly no room for Him in their lives. As believers, we need to make sure that we don’t get caught up in all the festivities to the point that we don’t make room for Jesus.
It can be so fun to beautifully decorate our homes and wrap gifts in pretty paper. It is a time for family and friends to come together indulging in all the Christmas goodies from homemade fudge to ham. It is a busy time with shopping, banquets, and sending Christmas cards. As our schedules become so busy, we must guard our quiet time with God. It can so easily slip away. After all, Christ is the reason for our celebration.
Christmas can also become stressful. The lights don’t work or all the stores sell out of that perfect gift. Our schedules have one speed – rush. That is when we snap at whoever happens to be there, usually a family member. We need to take a break, and remember our Savior, Jesus Christ. That is who people need to see in us, not someone who is too stressed to bless.
Let’s make sure that we keep the one and only reason for Christmas at the center of all our activities. That is what Christmas is all about – Jesus Christ, not the tree, not the gifts, not the lights – Jesus. Will you make room for Jesus this season?
Help us not get so caught up in all the activities that we lose sight of You this Christmas. Grant us wisdom to plan and prepare so things may not become stressful and busy. Help us witness to others as we go out into a dark world, a world that makes no room for You. Prepare the hearts of those we witness to and put those special ones in our paths. Help us guard our time with You. We love You Lord Jesus. Thank You for coming into this world to die for us. Amen.
Read Luke 2:1-20. What did the shepherds do in verse 20?
HIKING THE TRAIL
Planning and preparation can help us manage our time. When can you spend time with God today? How can you glorify and praise God (like the shepherds in Luke 2:20) this week?
Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.