“…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 for them.” – Luke 2:7
Well, Thanksgiving is over and if you’re like me, you’re still recovering from the delicious dishes and deserts that were enjoyed with family and friends this past week. If I’ve failed to mention it, I so love this time of the year not only for the food which is a major plus in my book but also for the beauty of the changing of nature all around us, time spent with family and friends, but most importantly for the upcoming celebration of our Savior’s birth.
In our house during this time of the year, there is usually the sound of Christmas music playing in every room. I cannot wait every year to begin playing those old classics which I grew up listening to in my parents home. Nat King Cole, the Beach Boys, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, I could go and on. While listening to Ann Murray’s rendition of “Joy To The World” last week, these lyrics in the song rang out clearly as I pondered upon them:
Joy to the world! The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing
Immediately, I thought about the opening scripture in Luke 2 where we read that Jesus, God incarnate, Savior of the world, Creator & King of the universe, Son of Man, etc., was to be born in a smelly, dusty, chilly stable and His crib, a feeding trough for animals. For you and I, we would never consider such an environment for our little ones to have been born in and yet, this dark fallen world never gave it a second thought. He left His home in Heaven as eternal King and entered our world as a lowly servant sent to save all mankind and be stripped of all His royalty while living among us.
How many times have we in our own personal lives chosen to willfully not prepare our rooms (our hearts) for this Savior of the World to enter and dwell. We so easily fill our schedules with events and get so busy making a living that we forget to allow our Creator to show us how to truly make a life. The Bible instructs us that this life will soon enough fade away and all we see and experience with our natural senses will cease to exist but those things which are not seen will be eternal.
Jesus invites us in 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 that person, and they with me.”
It is my personal desire and hope that it will become yours too as we enter into this Christmas season that we would truly focus on allowing the Savior of the world, Maker of our hearts and so much more, to enter our hearts and lives as we truly Prepare Him Room and allow Him to rule and reign in our lives.