Away-in-a-mangerLuke 2:1-7: And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.  4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  NKJV

This is something I wrote for Stephen’s Gate two years ago and have shared it for the past two years.  There are many of you that are new to Stephen’s Gate so I feel to share it again this year.  Have you made room in your “inn” this year for the greatest gift of all?  I hope you are blessed and encouraged by this.

I began to think on this part of the story of the birth of Jesus.  This isn’t a profound revelation, I’m sure others have taught or preached on a similar subject but this is what the Lord revealed to me.  There was no room in the inn for Mary to give birth to Jesus.  She ends up giving birth to him, basically, in a barn.  Now, the first two things that came to mind was the fact that the birth of Jesus was a miracle, and, it was impossible to many that this was the Son of God.  My first thoughts were that His days of performing miracles and doing the impossible started with His birth.  He kicked off his miracle working career, day one.

As I thought more about that manger, the barn he was born in, I began to think about the conditions of that place.  The word manger translates as “stall.”  He was born in a stall.  I can imagine that it probably wasn’t the nicest smelling, cleanest stall around.  It may have even been a little messy.  Yet, this was the chosen place for him to be born.  Not only did he start his first day out doing the miraculous and making an impossibility a possibility, but, he started his first day on this earth, in a messy, stinky, stall.  A picture of where He still desires to reside.  In the messy, stinky, stalls of our lives.  That stall represents you, your life, and your heart.  We mess up, we do things wrong, we sin, our lives aren’t always the most pleasant place for Jesus to reside but He chooses to anyway!  He desires to reside in the messiest of the messy.  Are you willing to make room?  Maybe the title of this should be, “Is There Room In Your Stall?”

I’m not talking about just allowing Jesus to wipe away your sins; I’m talking about letting Him be the Lord of your life.  After you’ve prayed the prayer of salvation you’re going to make some messes, I don’t care how long you’ve been a Christian.  Are you willing to make room and allow Jesus to reside in the messiest parts of your life in order to clean you up and give you a purpose?  Maybe there are parts of your life that you don’t want to give the Lord access to.  The “Inn” parts of your life, the comfortable parts.  The parts of your life that have a nice warm bed with all the amenities to make you comfortable.  That’s okay, because Jesus says I want to start by residing in the messy, stinky parts of your life.  Let Me clean you up, let Me set you on the right path so that you will make room for Me in your inn.

So, ask yourself that question today.  Is there room in your inn, or better yet, is there room in your stall?

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