“Joy to the world the Lord has come; let earth receive her King. Let every heart, prepare Him room.”
Many years ago, Isaac Watts penned these powerful words to one of the most famous hymns we sing during the Christmas season.
This Christmas, while singing this carol, it occurred to me that the phrase “let every heart prepare Him room” is something we easily sing, but actually doing it, is a different story. Here are some thoughts the Lord spoke to my heart about this carol.
1. God’s invitation is to ALL
In the original language let every heart means what it says, every heart. Deep uh? 😁
God invites everyone, every man, woman, boy and girl. Regardless of social status, background or standing in society, no one is beyond the reach of God. And no matter what the past may look like, God invites us. No hooks, no tricks, the choice is ours. Today, right now, is the right time. Don’t let pride get in the way. Let’s humble ourselves and come to God as we are.
2. God’s focus is on the heart
Not the physical body or the emotions, but the heart.
Emotions are fickle, and sometimes not very rational. Emotions become affected by external circumstances. We all have a tendency to be too upset or to become cold because of life issues and that affects our emotional responses toward others.
Proverbs 4:23 says: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
We typically place more emphasis on our physical bodies and our emotions over our heart issues. Work out, eat well, sleep at least 8 hours. Emotionally we are taught, “if you feel something, you are what you feel” or “if it feels good, do it.”
I am not discarding the importance of body and soul, but truth is, they are not eternal. The heart, also described in the Bible as the spirit, is where the transactions of life take place. That is where transformation and lasting change occur. When the heart is submitted to God, our emotional life will also be healthier. We should still work out, eat well and sleep 8 hours, but they are not first in God’s order.
3. Preparation requires work
The definition of the word prepare is “make (something) ready for use or consideration.” From the Latin praeparare, or to make ready before – to pre-plan is synonymous with preparation. It requires strategy and consideration. Plainly stated, preparation requires work.Perhaps Jesus’ entry in this world was prophetic of the struggle humanity would face to make room for God. Click To Tweet
Because the focus area is the heart, preparing room for God in an age where our hearts are segmented by so many distractions, requires not only work, but focus as well.
Family, work, friends, Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, email, the internet. There’s so much that’s vying for our attention, it’s no wonder when it comes to making room for God, “there’s no more room in the inn.” Perhaps Jesus’ entry in this world was prophetic of the struggle humanity would face to make room for the very God who spoke the world into existence.
There’s no other way to say it. To make room for God, we will need to get rid of some tenants who have been living in our hearts without paying rent. The devil knows distractions and busyness are the best way to keep God far from our lives, and he does a good job at it.
Let every heart prepare Him room. Let’s plan in advance how to do so, cutting loose those leeches that threaten to suck the very life from us and let’s make room for our Lord and Savior Jesus.Let’s plan to cut loose those leeches that threaten to suck the very life from us and let's make room for Jesus. Click To Tweet
2018 is here, and with it a new opportunity to start fresh. I know I personally need to prepare some eviction notices, perhaps you do too. Let every heart, everyone of us, prepare Him room.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.