Gary Linton

I was contemplating Christmas and of course the Christmas story came to mind. The verse “There was no room for them in the Inn” (Luke 2:7) particularly struck me. This 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. Will He find a place in your life this Christmas season?

Jesus seemed to always be looking for a place to live. From one statement He made, it would seem He was virtually 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 dwelling place. Will you provide Him a place this Christmas?

Jesus desires more then just a place to live. He wants to sit on the throne of your heart and be number one in every area of your life. He insist on being first place in 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 is interesting that this was written to a church that had shut Jesus out. They were going through all the motions of Christianity (religion) without any emotion. Their relationship with Him had shut down and He was shut out.

There are many churches and believers today who have shut God out of much of their lives. He is no longer number one, and He no longer sits on the throne of their life and activities. Here are a few areas that may be off-limit to Jesus.

The government. Yes, Jesus should be included in the government as well. Separation of church and state was meant to keep the government out of the church, and not the church out of government. Jesus has been shut out of every aspect it today. Speaking of His birth, the bible says, “”And the government will rest on His shoulders” (Isaiah 9:6 NASB).

Our 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).

Our relationships. Are we allowing Jesus to sit on the throne of our relationship? Are you married? Is He number one in your marriage? Maybe you’re not married but you 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 and Ephesians 5:3-5). He demands nothing less than first place.

Our finances. It could be you allow Jesus into every realm of your life except your finances. Someone once said, “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 (the tithe – Malachi 3:8-10)? By the way, your tithe belongs to the place (storehouse) you are getting spiritually fed.

Our leisure. Yes, Jesus desires to be a part of even our leisure time. You can invite Him into your times of fun as well as anything else. He wants us to enjoy life (John 10:10) – He just wants to be in on it with us.

I have just named a few things, but you should make your own list. 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. You can open the door of your heart and ask Him to be Lord of your life again. He’s there knocking and waiting for you to let Him in. What better time than Christmas to make room for Jesus in your heart and life.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, come into my heart, forgive me of my sins and for shutting you out of areas 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 shut you out of any area of my life. Thank you Lord Jesus. In your name, amen.

April 20th, 2014