During many children’s Christmas programs there is that one child who gets the “easy line” of the Inn Keeper, “There is no room in the inn.” Though there is no Inn Keeper mentioned in the Gospel of Luke, we assume there is someone who must proclaim those words. I could go deeper into that point, but I want to consider a different deeper point.
In our lives, we are the Inn Keeper of our hearts and lives. We make room for those people and experiences that are the most important to us. For some people this means putting their family first; for others it may be that work is put in the priority position; or for others it may be a hobby that has overtaken a lot of time in their regular routine.
On the door of my roommate’s room in college was this statement, “Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” This statement, attributed to many different authors, is vitally important for our lives as we consider the reality that each of us is given the same amount of time each day to fulfill our calling and purpose in this world. We each choose how we will spend our time and what will hold the primary position in our lives.
In Revelation 3:20 we read, “Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends.” Do you have room in your heart for Jesus to sit in the primary seat? This passage is often used as a passage in Gospel presentations inviting people into a relationship with Christ. It is interesting to me that this passage is a part of a letter written to the church in Laodicea who has become lukewarm. This invitation is to those who are within the church to consider where we have become too busy or have put other things in the place where Christ desires to reside: the center of our hearts.
As we approach Christmas Day, consider whether there is Room in the Inn for Jesus in your life. If Jesus is not in the primary position of your life, seek Christ that he will help you to prioritize your life once again around his purpose and plan, discovering the fullness of His Spirit in your life. Make Room for Jesus this Christmas!