STILL LOOKING FOR A ROOM
Devotional for December 10, 2017
“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
Years ago I read about a little boy who wanted more than anything to be in his church’s Christmas pageant. The problem was that he had a mental handicap which made memorizing any part of the play almost impossible. The lady directing the play finally decided to give him the part of the innkeeper, and his only line would be, “There is no room.” He worked so hard that by the night of the pageant he was able to say his line perfectly.
Everything went wonderfully as Mary and Joseph walked across the stage and up to the door of the inn. They knocked, the door opened, and the young boy greeted them. When they asked for a room there was complete silence, and the director thought the boy had forgotten his line. She whispered, “There is no room.There is no room!” Finally, the boy said, “There is no room,” and shut the door. But as Mary and Joseph began walking away the door suddenly opened and the little boy came out and shouted, “Wait! Wait! You can have my room!”
It didn’t exactly follow the Scriptural account of what happened that night in Bethlehem, but it sure teaches about the importance of making room for Jesus in our lives. I am sure that the day came when the real innkeeper wished he had made room for Jesus that night.
Jesus is still looking for a room, not in a building but in people’s lives. Unlike the little boy, most will not realize the gravity of situation when He knocks, and they will turn Jesus away when He asks to enter their hearts and lives. He presents Himself at the sinner’s heart’s door as the only Way of salvation, and people reject Him. He presents Himself to the Christian’s heart’s door as the only Way to peace, joy, and fulfillment, and they figure out a different way they will try other than obedience.
What about you? If Jesus is knocking today, will you say “There is no room,” or like the little boy, say, “You can have my room!”
Merry Christmas & Have a God-Blessed Day,
Pastor Richard Hartline
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