Have you ever wondered what excuse the innkeepers could possibly have come up with that first Christmas that would’ve been enough to justify allowing the Son of God to be born in a barn? Okay, they had that census crowd excuse going for them. But lighting up their “no vacancy” sign as a hugely pregnant woman rides up on a donkey? You’d think someone would’ve made some room.
I had a sort of “no vacancy” encounter on a much smaller scale. I was getting ready for a Christmas party, but there was absolutely no room to spare in the fridge for the party food. That meant someone was going to have to make room. It was frightening to know it had to be me. I’m pretty sure there was some spaghetti in there that had grown its own meatballs.
It always makes me nervous when it’s time to clean the refrigerator. I open the door, and I hear voices. Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re not at all surprised that I hear voices and you’re wondering how long I’ve been off the medication. But that’s not it. The voices are not the usual voices coming from my head. No, these are voices coming from the various plastic containers. I hate it when I walk toward the garbage disposal with one of the containers, open it up and hear it scream, “I want to LIVE!”
While I don’t necessarily love listening to my leftovers, I admit I do strangely enjoy their message. Why? Because I want to LIVE, too! I want to make room in my life to live to the very fullest. Ephesians 1:11-12 tells us how. “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone” (MSG). Making room for Christ in our lives—letting him fill every corner—is making room for purpose and hope. That’s really living.
How thrilling to know that He has designs on us for living. He has a well-thought-out plan with each one of His children in mind. There truly is complete, joy-to-the-max blessing in fulfilling His purpose for our lives.
Jesus reminds us in John 10:10 “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (NLT). Imagine being so full of life that there’s no room for anything worthless. It’s the best kind of “no room,” a fullness that means we have everything we need for fruitful, joyous living.
God was readying for the first Christmas before the foundation of the world. We should spend some time readying our hearts. Let’s make room in our lives to LIVE in all that fullness He has planned for us. It’s a fullness that can spill blessing onto those around us. I’ve actually seen that happen with my own eyes. Not to mention hearing about it from the voices in my head.