“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 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 2:1-7 ESV)
Luke’s account of the first Christmas includes the phrase, “because there was no place for them in the inn”.
Have you ever stopped to consider how much room they needed? Try it.
How much room does God require?
Let’s do some comparisons.
The average size of a presidential entourage is somewhere around 200 people. Of course, this can vary based upon security and transportation needs. That requires a lot of hotel rooms, and a ton of food!
Yet the King of the Ages, the Creator of the universe, needed only the feeding trough of a country barn.
England’s Queen Elizabeth and Russia’s President Putin both travel with huge retinues.
United States Senators and Congressmen all travel with more aides and security personnel than an NBA team.
But the Word made flesh arrived barely noticed.
Kim Jong-un, the Supreme leader of North Korea, has more than 200 soldiers protecting him. Try housing them for a little beach vacation.
But all Mary and Joseph needed was a place for Mary to lay Jesus after He was born.
So the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, was born in a barn.
No room for Him in the inn. Only in the barn.
So how much room does God require?
How much room do you have? How much are you willing to give up?
He has no problem filling the largest of venues, yet enters only where room has been made or set aside.
He could fill the universe with His presence, but won’t push His way into a heart that’s not open.
But give Him an inch…
He fills the hungry with good things, but those who have no room for Him leave empty.
Maybe you don’t have room for Him in your heart. Not yet. But if you’d give Him a place in your mind, even with an occasional thought, you just may find yourself rearranging your heart to accommodate His presence.
He’ll get just as close as you let Him.
How about a little taste, a little trial?
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8 NLT)