Luke 2:7 “And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available.”
Revelation 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
In the whirlwind of our modern lives, where every passing moment is documented through smartphones, watches, voice recordings, and TV archives, the true purpose of Christmas often slips away amid the frenzy of wrapping paper and the pursuit of the perfect present – just as the residents of Bethlehem, amidst the bustling atmosphere of the census, unknowingly bypassed the first Christmas. Absorbed in the routine of their daily lives, they were oblivious to the divine spectacle unraveling right under their noses.
Pause with me for a moment during this chaotic season. Before we get swept away in the holiday bustle, let's work to uncover the profound meaning of Christmas. Making room is more than just finding physical space. It’s a call to discern the significance of the gentle knock at the door of our lives—a choice like that moment faced by the innkeeper on that sacred night.
Imagine the scene: a humble stable, a radiant star illuminating the night sky, and the tender arrival of hope and grace. Embracing the true spirit of this season means crafting a sanctuary within ourselves where Jesus can thrive. It's about pausing to appreciate the miracle that unfolded centuries ago and allowing him to permeate our lives and all our interactions today.
As we navigate the flurry of activities, let's carve out moments for worship and reverence, creating an atmosphere that mirrors the simplicity of that manger. Let's make room in our hearts, not just for the festivities, but for the profound love of God that defines the center of Christmas.
Create a space within your routine today to honor Jesus – the reason for the season. Think about Bethlehem and worship him. Give thanks that he came for you. Seek an opportunity to extend the same love he extends to you. By consciously making room in our hearts and daily lives for the true reason of Christmas, we can experience a deeper appreciation for the season and its profound significance.
Take intentional pauses throughout the day to reflect on your priorities. Just as the residents of Bethlehem were preoccupied with the census, examine if the busyness of your life is causing you to overlook the significance of Christmas. (Luke 10:38-42)
Dear God, as we navigate the busyness of this season, help us to remember the true meaning of Christmas. Teach us to align our hearts with yours and to make room for you in our lives. May we recognize and welcome you, just as we would a cherished guest. In Jesus' name. Amen.