May 9, 2019 - When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, the world was not prepared for His birth. There was no room in the inn for Joseph and Mary so Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger where the livestock were fed. This is a story that always makes us just a bit sad. Yet, there are things worse than a “No Vacancy” sign at the local Inn.
You see, much worse than a crowded Inn is a heart that has no room for Jesus. A heart that contains evil thoughts. A heart with hatred, jealousy and envy. A heart filled with unforgiveness. When these things are present in our hearts, there is no room for Jesus.
The result of a heart too crowded for Jesus is an empty heart. When the unclean spirit went out of a heart in Matthew 12, nothing was placed there to take its place. It returned and found the heart empty, swept and garnished (Matthew 12:44). With the aid of seven more wicked spirits he enters and we read the last state was worse than the first (Matthew 12:45).
We should not allow our hearts to be too crowded for Jesus nor should our hearts remain empty. In the words of that old song, “Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart” and keep his blood upon the door posts of your soul. Invite Jesus in, make room for Him, live His kind of life, live it His way and someday make your home with Him in Heaven. Blessed thought and happy day!
It’s something to think about… tbp
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