“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”
It is often ironic and sad to catch ourselves running after things that were created while completely neglecting the CREATOR – the one in whom all the things we seek dwell.
As Christians, we must be very careful not to fall into the trap of seeking after temporary things instead of the eternal. This temptation arises because often, the things that are eternal do not appear so in the physical; thus, we must be spiritually discerning.
Take the birth of Jesus, for example. Even today, there are those who cannot accept that Jesus is God because they wonder how a king would be in so much lack as to have no room for His birth. It doesn’t make any human sense.
But isn’t that what we do today when we push the Most High God away from our hearts and pursue what looks good to us?
When Mary and Joseph searched for a place to deliver baby Jesus, they found none but a manger – a lowly place. Is your heart too busy for Jesus to reside in? Are you too occupied to open your heart to Him? If you refuse, He could go to another person.
Be careful, dear Christian. Do not let your heart be occupied by shiny things while you leave your Master knocking.
Further Study: Isaiah 53:2-3
Charge: Don’t turn the King of Kings away because He looks like an ordinary child. Make room for Him.