12.22.2012

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 No Room At The Inn
"And she brought forth her first-born Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."
Luke 2:7

What kind of emotion does this stir in you as you read it?  We, as Christians, should use the Word of God as a measuring rod, a means of understanding our relationship with Jesus.  Are we close to Him or far away?  As you read this you might be critical of the people of Bethlehem in allowing Jesus to be born in a feeding trough.  Maybe we think that things would be different in our world, that we would be more compassionate, more accommodating.  But would we?  What about our neighbors?  There are babies being born right now in the woods, with no place to lay their head.  There are poor, sick, miserable people all around us who need our love and our help.  Are we helping them?  Are we doing all we can to relieve their suffering? 
We can be upset with the residents of Bethlehem because we know the baby born that night was the Savior of the world.  But if we were there on that Holy night, would we have done differently?  Would we have opened our homes to this pregnant stranger?  If we could see people not for who they are, but who they will become in the future, we would do more to help, give more of our time, money and talents to help one who has need.  Are we willing to do for others what Christ has done for us?  Oh beloved, this is not meant as a rebuke, but as a reminder!  A reminder that Jesus came into this world to seek and to save that which was lost.  He came to deliver us from sin and selfishness.  He came to show us what perfect love looks like, and to remind us that the only thing in this life that is eternal is our soul.  The only lasting legacy is a life lived to the glory of God, serving Him and helping others.  Jesus said, "By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35). 
The celebration of the birth of our Savior is truly a beautiful time, but we must always remember why He came, and the ministry He has for each of us.  I want to encourage you to reach out with His perfect love, a self-sacrificial love, to any and all you come in contact with.  We at the Salvation Army have a unique opportunity to reach countless thousands of people with the love of God every day.  May we not miss a single one!  My family and I pray that you and yours have a  safe and very merry Christmas, receiving and giving the precious love of the Christ child to all you meet.  Go and do "the most good."!!
Prayer for today:  Lord Jesus, come and dwell in "the Inn" of my heart today, I pray in Your Holy Name, Amen 

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