Let Me Be Frank… 12-4-19

I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.
Jeremiah 24:7

 
We had house guests recently.  Before they arrived, we cleaned the house from top to bottom.  We went through each room and put things where they needed to go.  They didn’t care if the floors were mopped or the furniture was dusted, but we wanted everything to be ready for their arrival. 
 
As we put things where they needed to go more and more things began to accumulate in my man-cave.  I needed a place for them…  so I moved some of my other things over to find one.  My man-cave isn’t messy, just a little eccentric.  I’m a sentimental guy so I have many mementos.  Many, many mementos.  I have trouble getting rid of stuff.
 
“Let every heart prepare Him room!”  As we hear this beloved Christmas Carol my mind wonders, “How do I make room for my King?”  Am I merely moving stuff around, making space in my already busy schedule for the Savior?  Or am I willing to get rid of some things that need to go?  If we kept everything, there would be no room for anything.  This season, and the birth of Jesus Christ, reminds us that only faith, hope, and love will remain.
 
When our friends stayed at our house, they had access to our entire home.  We wanted to make their holiday special.  When we make room in our hearts, we give God our whole heart.  He has access to every nook and cranny, not just the parts we swept and mopped.  “Prepare Him room” doesn’t mean we move some stuff over in order for Him to reside with us.  “Prepare Him room” means that we prepare our whole heart for the story of wonder.  It’s a story that begins in a stable, leads to a cross, and finishes in victory.
 
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER! 
SOLI DEO GLORIA
-F