The Inn Keeper

As we ponder the Christmas account there are many people involved.  I have come to see this a little more this year than I have in the past.  We have looked at Jesus Himself humbling Himself and coming as a human being into a world He created to redeem us from sin.  We have looked at Mary.  We have looked at Joesph.  Yesterday we took a quick look at the angels.

Today, I would like to consider the inn keeper. As I took a quick look before this writing I found nothing about the inn keeper.  By his actions allowing Joseph and young Mary to stay in his stables tells me that he was a man of compassion.  Maybe, I am wrong and he is a man of greed trying to pack in as many as possible into his overcrowded establishment.  I would like to think on the lines of the compassionate.

As I kept considering this account of the coming of Jesus the first time the thought hit me.  This inn keeper came in direct contact with Jesus.  He had a choice to make.  He could allow Jesus in or he could reject Jesus and send Him away.  He chose to allow Jesus to reside there.

Now, friend you and I have a choice.  We can either receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour and make room for Him ore we can hang out the spiritual “No Vacancy” sign.  Look at the words of Luke 2:7, “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”

No room.  No room for the King of kings and LORD of lords.  It is your turn my friend.  We all must make room for King Jesus everyday and not just on Christmas.

So, how are you doing?

Life’s Greatest Choice

Yesterday we had the privilege of going to El-Bethel Baptist Church for my wife to play the piano for the morning worship service.  We love this dear Church and it is always a pleasure to be with them.  My wife sang the song, “The Touch Of The Master’s Hand”.  See a video here at this link.  I prefer to hear my wife sing the song; but, this video is powerful.

Now, Pastor Jim Barnes shared a message titled, “Life’s Greatest Choice”.  It was a great message and it is based upon Joshua 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”  I will share with you his outline and some of my thoughts.

I. It is a necessary choice – Joshua exhorts the people to “choose”.  We are all in a place where we have to choose.  Here is the thing.  Some people try to not make a choice.  Someone once said, “To make no decision is to make a ‘No’ decision.”

II. It is a personal choice – Joshua exhorts the people personally.  He said, “choose you”.  We all have to make this choice on our own.  We have to choose to trust Jesus Christ as our Saviour.  Then we must make the choice to serve Him or not to serve Him.  It is our choice.

III. It is an urgent choice – Joshua exhorts the people to make an immediate choice “choose you this day”.  Far too many of us want to put off making decisions.  This practice of procrastination must not be.  We need to get it out of our lives.  The choice is urgent and we must choose Jesus Christ before it is eternally too late.

IV. It is a logical choice – Joshua exhorts the people to a logical choice.  He said, “choose you this day whom ye will serve;”.  Then he gives a list of other so-called gods.  He is showing them what they need to see in order for them to make a logical choice.  Why would they choose one of the other “gods” that have been defeated by Jehovah?  It would not make sense.  It would not be logical.

Well friend, you and I are standing at a crossroad.  We can either trust Jesus Christ as our Saviour and know that Heaven is our eternal home and our sins are forgiven or we can choose to reject Jesus once again and our eternal home is in a real place called hell.  You cast the deciding vote.  Will you trust Jesus today?  If you would like to please contact me and I will show you how you can know Jesus personally.

So, how are you doing?