King Of My Heart
In the Christmas story, the Bible reveals that there was no room at the inn, so Mary and Joseph were turned away. The fact that the innkeeper didn’t make room for Jesus did not stop Jesus from being born. My actions don’t stop God. He has his plan in history. History is his story. When the innkeeper said no room it didn’t hurt God. It just hurt the innkeeper. He missed the biggest blessing of his life.
And the same thing is true with you. You may say, “I’m not going to open up my heart to God. Or I’ll give him one room in my inn. I’ll give him the Sunday room. I’ll give him the Christmas room, the Easter room. But I’m not going to give him my sports room. I’m not going to give him my career room. I’m not going to give him my family room. I’m going to keep those myself.” Those are all areas that will be filed with fear. Those are all areas that he can’t bless. You don’t hurt God shutting him out of your life. You don’t hurt him. You’re the one who gets hurt.
If I make room for Jesus in my life an amazing number of benefits take place. What are those benefits? Why should I make room for Jesus in my life even if it means clearing out some other stuff?
Let me just give you two reasons. I could give you a lot of them but let me just give you two very key reasons.
The first reason I should make room for Jesus in my life is because
1. I want to know my creator and my savior.
He made me. And he saved me. So, I need to know that. You may be thinking, “I thought you were talking about meeting Jesus.” I am. “I thought God made us.” He did. Jesus is God, come in human form.
John 1:1-4 (CEV) In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. [He didn’t start at Bethlehem 2018 years ago.] The Word was with God and was truly God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. And with this Word, God created all things. [that includes you and me] Nothing was made without the Word. [He made it all so he owns it all] Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone.
So I definitely want to make room in my life for Jesus Christ, because he made me. That would make life a whole lot better. Like they say “When in doubt, consult the owner’s manual… When in doubt read the directions.” That’s the bible. “When in doubt, talk to the inventor.” God invented you. But he didn’t just create you, he saves you. And the reason he came at Christmas is to die for all your sins.
Let me explain this. We’ve all messed up. I think that’s pretty common knowledge. I don’t know anybody who’s perfect. We’ve all sinned, we’ve all made mistakes, faults, flaws, sins, rebellion. I’ve never met anybody who claimed to be sinless. I’ve never met anybody who said, “I’m perfect.”
I want to not only know my creator, I want to know my savior who came to die for my sins. So the Bible says this:
John 3:16 (NIV)“God so loved the world [that’s you and me] that he gave his one and only Son [that’s Jesus] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
That’s a good deal. I get to become a part of God’s family, and that family is going to last forever.
John 1:11-12 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
In that way, I become a part of God’s family and God becomes my Father. You may think, “Wait a minute. Isn’t God the Father of everybody?” No. He is not. God created everybody. God loves everybody. God has a purpose for everybody. But God is only the Father of those who choose to become a part of his family.
The second reason I want to open every room of my heart to Jesus...
2. I enjoy a life of PURPOSE, PEACE, and POWER.
These are the three things that God says, “I fill your life with,” when you invite Jesus Christ into your life and you give him more and more rooms of your heart. I‘ve been walking with the Lord now for forty years. I have lived a life of purpose and peace and power. This works.
We were made for more than money. We were made for meaning. We were made for more than a salary. We were made for significance. We need to move beyond success to the higher level of living – from success to significance. Success is not enough, because it doesn’t satisfy. Money can make our life easier, but it will not give us meaning. And life without meaning and purpose is petty, pointless and trivial.
Your life is extremely significant. It is so significant that God cared enough for it to come to earth at Christmas, live a perfect life, then die on the cross for your sins. If you want to know how much you matter for God you look at Jesus hanging on the cross with his arms outstretched and he says, “This is how much you matter to me. You matter to me so much I’d rather die than live without you.”
Not only does God give me a new sense of purpose when I invite Jesus to take over the rooms of the inn of my life, but I get a new sense – and this is a big one – of peace. Jesus said it like this.
John 14:27 I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
What is the kind of peace the world gives? It’s temporary. We’ve had about 260 peace treaties signed in the last 300 years. Almost none of them were kept. The peace that comes from the world is totally circumstantial. I’ve got a good job, so I’m at peace. I lose my job, I’m not at peace anymore. I’ve got money in my stock portfolio, I’m at peace. The stock market tanks, I’m not at peace any more. It’s totally circumstantial. Jesus says, “I don’t give you that kind of peace – the peace the world gives. I give you the kind of peace, the Bible calls it “the peace that passes understanding.”
What does that mean? It means that no matter what, even if everything around you is in chaos, for some unexplainable reason you’re at peace. That is the peace that passes understanding. And that can only come from God – Jesus the Prince of Peace. He says, “I’m going to give you that so you won’t be troubled or afraid.”
God doesn’t want you to live with fear. In fact...
2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Those are the three things you’re going to need in this next year. You’re going to need to be plugged into the power so you’re not running on your own energy. You’re going to need a spirit of love which eliminates fear. And you’re going to need a spirit of self control. It’s interesting that the more I give of my life to God, the more self control I have. I’m not out of control. The more I give control to Christ the more self control he gives me.
He says, “I’ll give you peace of mind.” You won’t be troubled and you’re not going to be afraid. Whatever you worry about reveals the rooms in your heart you haven’t invited Jesus into. Whenever Jesus walks into a room he fills that room with peace. So any room in your heart that you’re worrying about, that you’re upset about, that you’re anxious about, that you’re afraid about that’s simply telling you, you haven’t invited Jesus into that room.