“there was no room for them in the inn.”
As the old year draws to an end, and the new one waits beyond the next small hill, it is a time to reflect on our own relationship with the King of kings and Lord of lords – the Saviour of the world, born to die and yet called to rise again for our salvation. Has there been room for Him in our lives and homes, or has He been relegated to an outside storeroom? Will there be any difference in the year to come?
A relationship is not a gift that we receive, but something living and dynamic and in which we engage. God can give everything and all of Himself, which He has, but He must be recognised, received and responded to. If we do not the danger is that He becomes to us something like a lifeless painting upon a wall, an idol to which we turn when in need, or a ‘bird in a gilded cage’ – lovely but confined.
Wherever He has been in our lives this past year there is always the potential for a more real and deeper relationship with Him. Take time to read the gospel message again, ponder His teaching, mark His promises, and respond even more to His great invitations to come to Him,
• “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
• “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” (John 1:39)
• “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38)
• “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you ….” (Matthew 4:19)
• “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
I believe that He is knocking more insistently on the doors of and within our lives – wishing to enter and make more of a difference.
Read His words, follow His direction and talk to Him constantly. Trust in Him.
Father, please help me to draw closer to You so that You can draw closer to me. Amen.