Do You Have Room for Jesus this Christmas?
Jesus sounded like a homeless man in Matthew 8:20 when He said, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” From His birth on, Jesus has been looking for a place to live. However, He wants more than just a place to dwell. He wants to be first in every area of our lives.
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 religious motions of Christianity without any emotion. In many churches, Jesus is no longer a priority. Below are a few areas that we may be keeping “off-limits” to God.
How to Make Room for Jesus this Christmas
- The government. 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 our government today. Speaking of His birth, Isaiah 9:6 says, “And the government will rest on His shoulders.”
- Your thoughts. 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).
- Your relationships. Is God first 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.
- Your finances. Maybe you allow Jesus into every part of your life except your finances. If God has your money, He has your heart. Finances typically control most areas of our life. Are you putting God first in your finances? Malachi 3:8-10 says our tithe belongs to the place where we are being spiritually fed.
- Your free time. Jesus also wants to be part of our leisure time. Like everything else in life, you can invite Him into your times of fun. He wants us to enjoy life.
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, ask Him into your heart right now. Maybe you made a commitment to Him, but you’ve shut Him out of your life to some degree. Ask Him 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!