Letting Jesus In (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 359)
Luke 2:7 (NLT)
She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
What do we make room for in our lives? Our spouses. Our children. Our significant others. Our pets. Our work. Our hobbies. Our daily agendas. Our faith doesn’t always make the list. Sometimes, we tend to put faith on a back burner while pursuing what we deem as more important. Other times, faith just gets pushed to the back burner because we allow so many other things to crowd our line of vision, hearing, and feeling. Just imagine how we would feel if a family member or friend told us that they didn’t have space for us at the dinner table.
This is what happened to Jesus many long years ago. And this is what we sometimes do to Jesus today. We tell him that we don’t have time to pray or read the Bible or go to church. In a sense, we tell him that he is not important. We think of him as a genie where we can push a button and get what we need at just the time we need it and then push a button again to make him go away. Just imagine, the King of kings and Lord of lords had no room available to him when he came into the world to be the Savior of all mankind. Today, we make the same mistake of pushing him out, making no room available in our hearts for him.
In a world where busyness is a symbol of status, where faith is under attack, and where hearts and minds, souls and spirits are pulled in a million different directions to focus on other things, it can be difficult to make room for the lover of our souls and keep him front and center in our lives. Like anything worthwhile, making room for Jesus requires an active, intentional, and consistent choice. In a culture that screams scarcity, know that Jesus is enough. In a society that looks for more, know that Jesus fills you up to overflowing. We can’t choose what people say but we can choose what we listen to. We can’t choose what the world promotes but we can choose what we will focus on.
Give attention to the things that matter. Make room for the One who can make all the difference. Open up your heart to new life, joy, hope and an abundance of peace. When you let Jesus in, he will prove to worthy of your time and attention. You will slow down the rat race and want to focus on him because he is a powerful presence in our lives and assurance deep in our hearts that we are safe in his care. Jesus wants a seat at the table of your heart. Why don’t you let him in?
“Christ literally walked in our shoes.”
— Tim Keller