Even though the Christmas carols have been put away for another 11 months, I’m asking Holy Spirit to bring these words back to mind often throughout 2018. I pray the tune will play softly in the background of my everyday thoughts. Please, Lord, as I tend to let my mind and my heart get cluttered with useless and non-productive stuff, place a spiritual trash bag in my hands. I want to be obedient this year to live clutter-free physically and spiritually.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2, NIV
On the radio, an old familiar Christmas carol plays softly as background music. Passing through the room, my mind swirls with thoughts of all I need to accomplish today. Suddenly, I tune in to these words from Joy to the World.
Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room…
I had just read those words: “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7, NIV
I have to stop now and ask myself, “Have I made room for Him in my own life?” I have received Him. He sought me out and proved His love for me first. Then I received Him, His love and His gift of belonging to His family.
But, have I made room for Him lately?
A couple of weeks ago my husband and I received a surprise request. A friend of a friend called to ask if he and his family might rent our basement apartment while they look for a house to buy. We were thrilled to be asked. We’re delighted to give what little space we have, but would it be enough for their precious family of five?
Immediately, my husband and I jumped into action to clean out all the stuff of our own lives we’ve accumulated in that space. Years of stuff stored in the closets. Things our sons left behind when they went to college, old books, and ski gear from that one trip out west. All stuff we thought we might need again sometime, which we haven’t. And now it needed to be pulled out and sorted, thrown away and given away because we were making room for a family to come to live with us.
We’re so grateful for this opportunity to make room. This precious family has given us a fresh awareness of our need to clean out the old stuff of our hearts as well. We need, daily, to make room for our King. Let us receive Him. Let us prepare Him room. Heaven and nature sing. And let us sing of the wonders of His love.
I have the honor and privilege of writing weekly devotionals for Daughter of Delight on Instagram. This post with some slight variation was first posted as an original devotional for Daughter of Delight on Instagram – 12/30/2017.
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