Christmas has recently past, and we’ve probably all read or heard the birth story of Jesus from Luke:
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7
Bethlehem was a busy place at that time because of the census. Everyone had to report to the town or city of their forefathers, and in the case of Joseph and Mary, this was Bethlehem, the city of David. You couldn’t book ahead in those days, and when they arrived no rooms were available.
This made me think of the busy lives we all lead today. When we’re young we have school and all those extra-curricular activities we need to fill up the college resumes, not to mention keeping up with friends via social media accounts. We get a little older and there’s work and kids. Even after retirement we may find ourselves caring for an elderly parent, or a spouse. It’s easy to find ourselves in a place where we’re failing to make room for Jesus.
When we do this, we’re allowing what’s immediate to interfere with what’s really important. A friend of mine said, “if I make time for food for my body, shouldn’t I also make time for the food that nourishes my soul?” This is so true.
Every day we make choices, and we make time for the things that we’re most interested in If we’re passionate about something — cooking, reading, sports or a hobby — we find a way to fit it into our schedule. That’s okay, but shouldn’t we also be passionate about our faith? Couldn’t we give up some time in front of the tv or computer, or even some sleep to read the Bible or pray? Couldn’t we manage to spend an hour on Sunday morning attending worship?
If you’re not making room for Jesus, make it your priority for 2021. It’s one investment you won’t regret, because the dividends last an eternity!
For more about making time for Jesus see:
Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown — Book Review
Fanning the Flame #16 Personal Spiritual Discipline