BIBLE READING: Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Joseph and Mary were traveling to Bethlehem to be counted for the census. Just imagine the discomfort that Mary would have been in that far along in pregnancy and traveling by foot that far. Not to mention Joseph's desperation, leading to frustration, as he tried to find a inn for them that night knowing Mary was close to delivering. Think of the innkeepers as Joseph knocked on door after door to only be told they have "no room". I'm certain that the innkeepers had no idea "who" they didn't have ROOM for that very important night.
I'm going to ask you a very important question: Do you have ROOM for Jesus?
The word of God tells us Revelations 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". Jesus right now is knocking at the door of your heart. You are the innkeeper of your heart and your life. Do you have ROOM for Him? Will you let Him in to stay or turn him away? There would be no better time than now, this Christmas, to give Jesus ROOM in your heart and life. (If you haven't done this, I would be happy to pray with you).
Christmas is just one week away and I know the busyness this season brings - I pray that we MAKE ROOM for Jesus and spend time alone with Him. It is said that it takes 30-40 minutes for the average person to unwind in complete quietness. Today, try to spend 30 minutes in total silence before God. Listen to see if he speaks to you.