What will You do with Jesus?

open door“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.” Luke 2:7

This verse has been on my mind for the past couple of days. We seem to be living in a world that, for the most part, has no room for Jesus. The world has removed Him from its schools, its legal system, and are fast approaching the removal of freedom to talk about Him at all.

At Christmas time we picture Jesus as a babe lying in a manger, helpless, meek, tiny, and really of no threat. I believe that Jesus chose to come into the world this way. I believe that it shows the humility of Jesus. In my mind it helps me to see that Jesus cares about going through everything I go through; even down to birth.

As I have thought about this verse over the past few days, however, I am afraid that often times we make a mistake. Many times we tend to leave Jesus here. We picture Him as a baby. We picture Him as quiet and helpless, yet the story does not end with the birth of a baby.

We tend to forget that Jesus grew from that baby in a manger. He grew into a man. He grew into a healer, a teacher, and has always been the Savior of the world.

At Christmas time we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the coming of our Savior.  I believe, however, that we must be careful not to leave Him there.

I pray today that you will take the time to think about what Christmas means. Christmas, for the Christians, was just the beginning. Christmas for us means the birth of  a Savior, but it also means hope for our future. Jesus came to this earth as a baby, he grew into a man, and He died for our sins. He was buried and rose again in three days. He ascended into Heaven and now He sits at the right hand of the Father. One day soon He is going to come back as a King, to take His children home to be with Him in Heaven.

I want to encourage you today as you celebrate Christmas. Enjoy the Christmas season. Celebrate the birth of a baby. Celebrate the birth of our Savior. But please, do not leave Him there. Remember that He came first as a baby, but will return again as a mighty King to take His children home.

The Bible tells us that Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. I want to leave you with a question: Do you have room for Jesus? Will you make room for Him in your life?

Where do we Go?


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I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:1-2

Where do you go when you need help?

“Well,” you might say,”that is a pretty open-ended question.”

It all depends on what kind of help you are looking for, correct?

If I am wanting to build a house, I would go to a building contractor, or at least someone who had successfully built a house before.

If I want to plant a garden, where do I go? I would go to a green house, or to a home improvement store where I could ask questions and buy supplies.

Any project we are looking to embark upon would be best started only after consulting the right people, obtaining the knowledge needed to make wise decisions, and then securing the needed supplies to finish the project successfully.

Why then do we so often jump off into life without first taking the time to prepare?

My husband and I have a dream of building/buying a new home some day. We have been praying about it and exploring our options. Yesterday, we made the decision to go look at some houses and ask some questions. It did not take us long to realize that we had jumped the gun just a bit.

What started out as an adventure to find a home, soon turned into a multitude of questions for which we had no answers, and more information than one mind could possibly absorb in one evening.

As we started home, I wearily looked at my husband and said, “We need to keep praying,” to which he humbly agreed.

Too many times in life, we are so eager to get something done that we forget to properly prepare.

As I think back on the events that unfolded Yesterday, I am reminded of Solomon. Here was a young man who suddenly finds himself  in a position for which he realizes he is not qualified.  Solomon cried out to God for wisdom and God honored that prayer. (1 Kings 3)

When we find ourselves faced with a situation that we do not understand, or feel we are not properly equipped for, the first thing we should do is cry out to God. Sadly, many times we leave this step out and carelessly wonder in our own ignorance for some time. Only after we have exhausted all our energy do we seek God’s guidance and wisdom.

I want to encourage you today with what I feel God has been speaking to me. When you face tough decisions, seek God first. There is no shame is saying, “I need to pray about this.” Go to God, cry out as Solomon did, and seek the wisdom that can only come from our Heavenly Father. Then, when you have been filled with God’s wisdom, when you have the knowledge you need to make a wise decision, go forward. Move forward, however, only after you are sure that you are following God’s will and not the desires of your own heart or the desires of men.

God will bless those who seek Him first. The Bible tells us:

” But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God,

thou shalt find him,

if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”

Deuteronomy 4:29″

I pray you find encouragement in these Scriptures this morning.

“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.”

Jim Elliot