No vacancy

Luke 2:6-7  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,  and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 

Imagine you are on a road trip. You have driven all day and it is now late in the evening.  You find yourself exhausted and in the middle of nowhere.  After persevering at the wheel beyond what you thought was capable, you arrive at a small town.  There is one gas station, one small store, and one motel.  You are too tired to get excited, but a feeling of relief comes over you when you pull up to the little motel.  You rub your eyes, get out of the car, and walk to the front entrance.  Then you see it: the sign.  It says “no vacancy.”  Noooooooooo!

I wonder if this is how Joseph and Mary felt that night.  They had traveled a long distance when they arrived at Bethlehem.  The donkey ride practically sent Mary into labor and she was ready for a nice warm place to welcome her baby into the world.  But the motel had the “no vacancy” sign up.  There was no room for her.  There was no room for her baby.  There was no room for Jesus.

I wonder what it’s like for Jesus to tirelessly pursue humanity only to find the “no vacancy” sign hanging on their hearts?  It must be frustrating.  It must be difficult to stand at the door and knock only to be shown the sign… especially because it isn’t due to lack of rooms.  The problem is that there are too many other occupants.  They have greed staying the night, along with his friends idolatry and materialism.  Lust is staying on the second floor next door to bitterness.  Room after room is full and there is no room for Jesus.

What is the state of your heart?  Have you made room for him today?  Will you tell bitterness it is time to go so that Jesus can bring his friend forgiveness in to stay in that room?  Will you kick lust out so love can move in?    Ask him today where you have put up the “no vacancy” sign and invite him to come in to stay.

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