There are many reasons as to why there was no room for little Jesus & His parents. One reason there was no room for the Lord Jesus was ignorance. The innkeeper didn’t know the baby about to be born was the Son of God. Another reason there was no room for Jesus was indifference. Can you imagine the innkeeper as he turns down a young woman about to give birth off into a stall? He simply had no concern. Or perhaps the innkeeper was too involved. He was so busy, he just didn’t have time. His rooms were filling with guests & his purse with money. He had no room for the Lord Jesus.
We are the innkeeper. We can choose to let Him in or out of our lives during His birthday (or any time for that matter). We sometimes don´t let Jesus in our hearts because we ignore the importance of His birth, or because we are too indifferent to the significance of His life. Maybe we´re even too involved in our own lives, searching the “perfect gifts” & trying to host the “perfect parties”, that we forget the real meaning behind this wonderful celebration. ~ Taken from “The first Christmas”- Adrian Rogers
Christmas is supposed to be a very joyful time, but for some, it may be the saddest.
Christmas is not all we feel it should be. Why? Maybe because we are placing the focus on ourselves. Perhaps we miss somebody that parted, or maybe our lives have not met our desires, we might even feel lonely and are trying to fill the void with gifts & parties. I´m not saying that these feelings are bad – they´re human. All I´m saying is that we don´t have to let them overwhelm us & make us lose focus on the real meaning of Christmas.
Christmas can be a season of great joy, high hopes, healing, faith, forgiving, love, etc., for these are the gifts His birth brought to the world. We can certainly emulate Him by doing the same. So how should we celebrate Christmas? The Bible is clear…
“When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”- Luke 2:17-20
On the birth of Christ: spread the word…be amazed…ponder in your heart…glorify & praise!!
For God so loved the world that He gave…When we read this, it becomes pretty clear that giving should be at the heart of the Christmas celebration. By giving we are reflecting God’s heart & will. When we share with those around us through selfless giving, we are an example of what God did for us when He sent Jesus, plus it´s a wonderful way of showing God´s love to others…by all means give this Christmas, one of the most valuable gifts you can give is your time.
“Many of the things we desire are expensive…but the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter & working our passions” – from “Stop trying to buy Happiness”
When we choose to express our hearts by giving, we show the world once again that love is the reason for Christmas. What matters is not the size or prize of the gift, but the meaning behind it. All gifts are ultimately a reflection of Jesus, who is the one true gift.
“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to a child, a good example; to yourself, respect”- Oren Arnold