Day 24 // Room

“She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped Him in strips of cloth and laid Him in a manger because there wasn’t any room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 (GW)

The most exciting day of the year for me as a kid was Christmas Eve! I could hardly wait for Christmas morning to get here. My two brothers and I would get up early, run to our parent’s room and jump on their beds eager to get to the presents all bundled together in three separate areas under the tree. Our five children weren’t any different growing up.

It was a different story, though, on that first Christmas Eve. Imagine a young husband scrambling in a crowded city trying desperately to find an affordable place for his wife who was ready to deliver her first baby at any moment. Every place he checked was booked. No vacancy signs were posted on all the hotels. There simply wasn’t any room available. Then the unthinkable happened. The Bible says, “The time came for Mary to have her baby.”

With no other options, she would give birth in what many scholars believe may have been a cave where animals were sheltered. The word translated “manger” is also translated as “stall” and can either mean a feeding trough or an enclosure for animals. That was Christmas for Mary and Joseph.

Whenever I read that passage I’m convicted by the phrase “there wasn’t any room for them …” It makes me ask myself the question: “Do I make room for Christ?” If you want to experience the most meaningful Christmas ever, you must make room for Christ. Our lives become crowded with so many things, and our schedules become overbooked until we have little, if any time for the things that matter most. Soon we go from living to just existing. Christ came that our joy would be complete! He came to share His life with us. You can experience that life if you will make room for Christ. Decide now. Don’t wait for New Year’s to make a meaningless resolution that won’t last. Carve out some time right now to be alone with God. Make room. It won’t happen by accident. Be intentional. You may have to begin by evicting some other stuff so you can make room for Christ. Make it your sacred room where you meet regularly, daily with God. Make room for Him in your decisions and daily activities. It won’t be long before the excitement of Christmas Eve returns as you anticipate your time alone with the Christ of Christmas.

I’m taking down the no vacancy sign over my heart, Lord Jesus. I want to make room for You in every area of my life. Show me how as I learn to practice Your presence daily.

What will you need to evict to make room for Christ in your life? In your schedule?

Set a time and place to begin.

It may help to set an empty chair next to you and imagine Christ with you as you pray and meditate over a passage in the Bible.

Record any promptings or insights you get from God’s Word in a simple journal.