Devotional: Room For Christ

IMG_1772 (2)While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough — because there was no room for them at the lodging place. (Luke 2:6-7 HCSB)

When my kids were still toddlers and I was a stay-at-home mom, I was able to get all my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. I liked doing it too because something would always come up and I would have to get one or two last minute gifts.

Then I joined the workforce and I found myself rushing the last two weeks before the kids got out of school trying to get Christmas done.

But, I don’t really want Christmas to be done. What I really mean is; I want to have the presents buying, presents wrapping, tree decorating, and hot chocolate ready so I can sit on the couch, watch a Christmas movie and anticipate my family’s happy faces as they open their presents.

But is that what Christmas really is about? What have I done to ensure that I haven’t left out Christ in Christmas? Where have I made room for Him?

In Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Moses told the Israelites that “the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” He goes on to say, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Moses tells them to let these word be on your heart. He told them to repeat those words to their children. He said to talk about it everywhere they went, to write it as a sign on their hand, a symbol on their forehead, and write it on the door frame of their house and on their gates.

Yes, I am almost quoting word for word what the Bible says in those verses because I can’t say it any better. I can only explain what I believe it means. I do believe that Moses was being very literal, but I think some of it can also be taken figuratively.

I believe you should literally talk to kids, your family, friends, and anyone you meet about Jesus Christ. It’s not always easy, but asking God for help can making it a little bit easier.

Figuratively speaking, I think it’s okay to wear jewelry that represents Christ. I say okay, only because I don’t wear a lot of jewelry. I think it’s also good to wear clothes that represent Jesus. As a matter of fact, I find it encouraging when I see a complete stranger with a t-shirt that says something good about Christ. You know, something like “He’s the reason for the Season.”

So, what I’ve tried to do to make room for Christ, is to put up a miniature Christmas tree and a little people manger scene in my classroom. When my kids still believed in Santa, I told them they would get a gift from my husband and me, but Santa was only going to give them three gifts because baby Jesus only received three gifts.

Every year my church does a big Christmas production. Since I sing in the choir, I’ve been involved in it for more years than I can remember. My kids have sung in it when they have been in the children’s choir and youth choir. My youngest was also a wise man’s attendant for three years in a row. This year he is too tall.

I want to encourage you to find ways to make room for Christ. Whether that is to put a Christmas wreath on your door, only put Christ related ornaments on your Christmas tree, or find some way to help in your church’s Christmas production.

What have you done to keep Christ in Christmas?

Lord, thank You for this time of year when we can celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Help us to make room for Him in our lives, but not to just make room for Him, but to have Him there as a part of our lives during this special season and every day of our lives. Forgive us when we have failed in this and show us what we can do to change.

She wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough — because there was no room for them at the lodging place. (Luke 2:7 HCSB). Tweet This.

I want the presents buying, wrapping & decorating done so I can drink hot chocolate, watch a Christmas movie & await my family’s happy faces. Tweet This.

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