This week is a life-changing week at the Colwell household. Mark and I are becoming grandparents for the very first time! Our daughter Abigail and son-in-law Garrett are expecting a baby girl any day now! They live in our basement apartment and so we’ve been scurrying around, painting, putting furniture together, washing and hanging up the tiniest little clothes, all to make room for this baby. A baby really does change everything! The anticipation of my granddaughter, at times, keeps me up at night, dreaming of what she will become. It also takes me back to when my children were young; I can’t believe how quickly the years have passed. I remember one Christmas my daughter Moriah (age 3) asked me, “Mom, does baby Jesus, or big Jesus, live in our hearts?” In the moment I answered, “Well, I would say big Jesus does, because he grew up to die on the cross for us, in our place!” She seemed to have some understanding of what I was trying to say, but her reply made me chuckle. “But Mom, I think Baby Jesus would fit so much easier in our hearts!” She was concerned about the physical space of our heart, literally, is there room for Jesus? But the heart we’re talking about isn’t physical, our physical hearts just pump blood. The heart Jesus occupies is the invisible piece of us that determines who directs our lives. My prayer is that Jesus would captivate your heart, because this baby who came to us in a manger, asks to be King of our lives!
Today, I want to invite you, in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, to check your heart. Are you making room for this tiny baby, the Son of God and Son of Man who changed everything? Jesus – the Promised Messiah, heaven’s glory in a manger, the Unexpected Champion came to earth for us! The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, Immanuel, God with us!
This Sunday will be special. As the children’s choir of almost 90 voices invite us to focus on Jesus, the long-awaited, precious promise who came to suffer and to save us, will you make room for Him? That’s what the Wisemen did, they came to worship the one born King. So, does Jesus live in you, and will you worship Him with your life?