Readings: Micah 5:2-5a, Ephesians 3:1-12, Luke 2:1-5

There’s Room!

Neal A. Maxwell said, “Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.” So many factors can influence that decision. There’s: I don’t have time for Jesus. My life is already too full. I don’t believe a savior would come for me. I don’t understand God. Religion is for the weak. I’m mad at God and won’t give Him any room to hurt me again. How can those of us who have decided there is room for Jesus get through to them? You know the answers…share the Word, love them with the overflowing love of the Lord, pray for them. The reading from Ephesians 3:12 says, “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Maybe someone saying they don’t have room for Christ is in actuality afraid of Him. Maybe they think if they approached Jesus, He would smite them or make them miserable, or ignore them. If we share the truth, He came for you in love, with words or actions or Christmas cookies or open doors or gentle smiles, the Holy Spirit might use our gesture as a smooth spot on their path to knowing God. Maybe our faith can shine into their fear and give them a glimpse of our loving Savior. When Kevin and I were married a couple years, his aunt asked us to house a cousin that was struggling to succeed in life. At the same time, Kevin had a co-worker that was interested in knowing more about Christ. We witnessed to both young men for months, and some Sundays they sat on each side of me at church, while Kevin had to work. We started a few rumors, haha. We gave so much: Bible study, food, a home to stay in, support, time, money, more food, and we had frequent debates with his cousin on the truth of Scripture and the truth of the world – you need a job, you need to take care of yourself and you need Jesus forever. It hurts my heart to say that neither man came to Christ after our times together. Neither kept in touch with us so I don’t have a happy ending to share. I can share this fact though…the Word of the Lord does not return to Him empty, but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11). Teaching the cousin to do laundry and budget and make dinner was nothing compared to teaching him about Jesus. They might still be wandering in the wilderness 35 years later, or God willing, they may be in the Promised Land. Maybe you pray for someone like that or have a neighbor that doesn’t understand God. Why not invite them to church or invite them to lunch? My prayer is that at Christmas, they shout with us, “There’s room in the inn – Jesus come in!” Amen, Lord, fill us all. ~Tracy