“Earlier this morning,” Stan began, “I was focusing on the birth of Jesus as reported in Luke’s gospel.”
“That’s what everything is all about,” I responded. “The birth of Christ. The reason for the season Nothing is the same since His birth.”
“You’re right, my friend,” Stan replied. “And I want to focus on one fact that occurred just prior to Jesus’ birth, a fact that, thankfully, is no longer a part of my life.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
“Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger because there was no room in the inn for His earthly parents.”
“Yes,” I replied, “I think just about everyone knows that story. What’s your point?”
“There was a time,” Stan replied, “where there was no room in my life for God. In essence, no room in my ‘inn’. I am eternally thankful that God opened me to want to know Him. And I am forever thankful that I was led to respond to Him by choosing to draw near to Him.”
Continuing, Stan said, “In response to my drawing near to God, God drew near to me, and my eternal destination and my life on this side of eternity were changed forever!”
“As a result,” Stan continued, “I am no longer a part of what I call the ‘inn group’, those who have no room for God in their lives!”
And she gave birth to her first-born son; and wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the birth of Jesus. Thank you for His life, death on my behalf, and resurrection so that I can have a new life in Him. Thank you for those who brought me to the truth and for your drawing me to you so I wanted to draw near to you. Thank you for the change in my eternal destination and for the change in every aspect of my being on this side of eternity. Thank you I am no longer a part of the group that has no room for you. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.