And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.—Luke 2:7
Have you ever been invited for a special event, only to find out that there was no space for you to sit at the table? I can remember many times being invited as a guest to a dinner event or speaking conference, but somehow the host did not have a spot for me to sit! Once they figured this out, the host would tell his coordinator, “Please make room for Mr. Fong.” Here, we see one of the most disturbing moments of human history. Our Lord Jesus entered into this world by way of a virgin birth, and was placed in an animal manger, or cave stall, because, “There was no room for them in the inn.” It is extremely important that we make room for Jesus!
Make Room for Jesus in Your Devotion
Devotion is what we give our heart’s affection, love, and worship to. Matthew 6:33 instructs us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. First Timothy 2:1 instructs us that, prayers, supplications, and the giving of thanks be made to God. No man can serve two masters: you will hate the one and love the other. Give your heart devotion to Jesus. Don’t let the day’s distractions keep you from coming to a church worship service to worship God with your best. Don’t let a busy schedule leave you with no room for time with God in His Word and prayer. Make room for Jesus in your devotion.
Make Room for Jesus in Your Decisions
“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established” (Proverbs 16:3). Life is made up of many decisions. There are big and little decisions. However, every decision should include the Lord. How will this decision give God the glory? How will this decision result in people hearing the gospel? How will this decision help me be the kind of person God wants me to be? Proverbs 16:3 helps us understand the practical importance of making room in every decision for the Lord.
Make Room for Jesus in Your Donations
“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty” (Proverbs 11:24). Someone has said, “Giving to God is a grace: not giving to God is a disgrace.” It is very expensive to live in California. We establish a financial budget in order to not overspend, and to be able to save. However, much of our budgeting leaves God and His work out. There is no room for giving! Make room for giving by being a tither! Make room for giving by including special church offerings. Giving to God should be planned, but it should also be spontaneous.
Make Room for Jesus in Your Dependability
Someone has said that the best ability is availability. We can be available when we are dependable. As a Christian, be dependable in your witness and testimony. Carry tracts with you and be conscious of witnessing to people along the way. As a church member, always be a volunteer for service in the church. The church is always in need of more volunteers. The church and the pastor are always in need of more workers and helpers. The priorities of the church are everyone’s priorities. It is wrong to cherry-pick the areas of help that only interest you. We should be dependable in anything and everything.
The night that Jesus entered this world, there was no room in the inn. God came in the flesh, and there was no room. Make room for the most important Person: the Lord Jesus Christ!