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“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (AKJV)
Making Room for Jesus With“Inn”
Christmas is my favorite time of the year! It always has been. From decorations, to music, to scrumptious meals, to cheerful giving, to memories made and the love shared – this season has never disappointed me!
As the holiday approaches, our family fills our home with decorations that remind all who enter that Jesus reigns supreme. Even Santa knows his place in our house, kneeling at the feet of Baby Jesus; worshipping Him for who He is … period!
When Christmas had come and gone, and the decorations had been packed up and put away; I sat in our now seemingly empty house and looked at all the vacant places that had once been occupied by the reminders that “Jesus the reason for the Season”. Normally, I would spend this time rejoicing in the tidiness of my home, but not this year. Nope! This year, sadness consumed my joy, surrounded my heart and settled deep within my soul.
I had packed up Jesus and put Him away until next year, which in turn left a void. The emptiness of the places that were created to allow Jesus a dwelling place in our home cried out the painful truth – Jesus had become insignificant and unnoticeable in my life as well as my home.
How have I never realized this before? When did Jesus lose His place of significance in my life? When did I let the world fill the now massive void that was once His dwelling place? When did I become simply a consumer of Jesus Christ instead of an active follower?
“Jesus is the Reason for the Season” & “Put Christ Back in Christmas”
We’ve all heard these slogans, especially around the controversial holiday season. I can’t help but think what would happen if we as Christians would embrace the reason in every season and allow Jesus Christ His rightful dwelling place in our hearts, regardless of what the calendar said.
I want to challenge all of His children; the one’s whom He dwells within daily to display Jesus in every season, to proudly display His character daily for all to see.
- Please read 2 Timothy 1:8-14.
Ask the Lord to reveal the things that are cluttering up His dwelling place. Ask the Lord to show you the areas where you’ve been ashamed to reveal whose you really are. Then ask Him to help you become a beacon shining His light boldly where ever you go.
As you go through this de-cluttering process, write down the truths the Father is speaking to you. Use this valuable information to hold you accountable, and to provide a place of confirmation when everything else is tell you to pack it up!
Precious Heavenly Father, I come to You today, realizing that I’ve allowed my flesh to convince me that You are insignificant; which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Lord, forgive me for the times I’ve been ashamed, distracted and selfish. I want to rid my consumer only attitude, and offer You the living sacrifice You requested me to be. The one You deserve!
It is my prayer that I never set idle. That I would remember that no matter what season of life I may be in that I will always be willing to fulfill my God-given purpose. I pray that I would be constantly aware of the “Son” who came into this world that I may join You in the next. May I never cease to follow You. May I always keep my eyes focused on You, placing You atop my life, allowing You to shine for all to see. Lord, please take Your rightful place in my life and in my heart. The King of kings and Lord of lords! In Jesus name, Amen.