SO GOD CAME TO US:
ROOM FOR GOD
What happens to us at Christmas time?
It’s like, so incredibly busy, yeah? We’re running around and though it’s not always for gifts and decorations, it’s for people too. We have family near and far to accommodate. People you don’t see all year suddenly want to get together. There’s baking and making and doing and being, next-leveled, and somehow that really amplifies our pace in this season.
It’s a fascinating thought, really, that Jesus’ birth is still rearranging lives 2000 years later. That first Christmas completely changed the course of a young girl named Mary’s life. She could never have imagined what she was getting into when she learned of God’s divine plan, because His plan was not just for her life, but all of the world. How’s that for a holiday metaphor?
But really, one resounding lesson that came from His birth: He puts something small on the inside of all of us that grows us up and shifts our focus. We reorient to the inconvenience of welcoming Jesus into our lives, and when we do, we are never the same. It’s a brand new life, not a better version of what we already have.
So often we pray for favor because we think that God is going to remove something or add something to take away from a struggle. But could it be that when God came to Mary that He wanted to walk her into her destiny and purpose, giving her all the desires of her heart? Could it be that when He showed up, it looked a lot different than she thought?
Everything in God’s Kingdom is in seed form. So many times He has put the seeds of destiny in our lives but since we are so unwilling to be inconvenienced we don’t tend to them- and maybe that’s just it, God’s purposes do not serve you. You reorient your life around His purpose.
How tragic would it be if we missed the actual reason of this season?
How tragic would it be if we missed the actual reason for our lives?
How tragic it would be if we never said yes to God’s favor… all because it was inconvenient.