“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7
We make space for the things we prioritize. If we really want a piece of clothing, then we’ll fit it in our closet. If I must get a riding lawn mower, then I’ll squeeze it into my garage. If I really want some more books, I’ll happily construct an additional bookshelf to hold them all. We make room for these things, because we want these things; we prioritize them.
It’s one of the most powerful ironies of Jesus’ birth narratives that “there was no place for him in the inn.” The one who can satisfy all our deepest longings, the one who meets our greatest needs was given no place. We couldn’t make space for him.
It’s a humbling sign of how mixed up our priorities can be, but it’s also a sign of how incredibly gracious God is. He knew what Jesus was going to face. He knew it wouldn’t be pretty. He knew the cross was on the horizon of Jesus’ mission to earth.
The inn was closed to Jesus and his family. What are ways that you close him out of your life? How can you welcome him in and open yourself to him?
Father, thank you for pursuing us, despite how stubborn and resistant we can be. Humble us by your Spirit and help us to welcome you into our lives every day. Amen.