Do You Have Room for Jesus this Christmas?
I was recently thinking about the holidays and the Christmas story came to mind. Luke 2:7, “There was no room for them in the Inn” struck me. Jesus was the creator of the universe (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:2) and there was no place found for Him but in a barn.
Jesus always seemed to be looking for a place to live. From one statement He made He sounded practically homeless. “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20). Jesus is still looking for a place to dwell, but He wants more than just a place to live. He wants to sit on the throne of your heart and be first in every area of your life.
Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” It’s interesting that this was written to a church that had shut Jesus out. They were going through the religious motions of Christianity without any emotion. Their relationship with Him had grown cold.
Many churches and Christians have shut God out of their lives. He is no longer a priority. Below are a few areas that we may be keeping off-limits to Jesus.
Separation of church and state was meant to keep the government out of the church, not the church out of government. Jesus has been shut out of every aspect of the Government today. Speaking of His birth, the Bible says, “And the government will rest on His shoulders” (Isaiah 9:6).
Jesus wants to be in control of our thoughts. The Bible says we are to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Is He number one in your marriage? Maybe you’re not married but are in a committed relationship. Is He Lord in your relationship, or are you shutting Him out of certain aspects? Maybe you want Him to be Lord of every area except the sexual part of your relationship (1 Thessalonians 4:3, Ephesians 5:3-5). He demands nothing less than first place.
Maybe you allow Jesus into every realm of your life except your finances. If God has your pocket book He has your heart. This makes sense because finances seem to control most areas of our life. Are you putting God first in your finances? By the way, your tithe belongs to the place (storehouse) where you are being spiritually fed (Malachi 3:8-10).
Our Free Time
Yes, Jesus desires to be part of even our leisure time. Like everything else in your life, you can also invite Him into your times of fun. He wants us to enjoy life and be in on it with us (John 10:10).
What areas are off-limits to God?
Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and show you where He may not be reigning on the throne of your life. If you have never committed your life to Jesus you can ask Him into your heart right now. Maybe you have made a commitment to Him, but you have shut Him out of your life to some degree. Ask Him right now to be Lord of your life again. He’s knocking and waiting for you to let Him in. What better time than Christmas to make room for Jesus in your life?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, come into my heart, forgive me of my sins and for shutting you out of my life. I want you to reign on the throne of my heart from this day forward. I invite you to show me whenever I close you off from my life. Thank you Lord Jesus. In your name, amen.