Tuesday, December 29, 2009

In Other Words--Make My Life Bethlehem


“Just as Our Lord came into human history from outside, so He must come into me from outside. Have I allowed my personal human life to become a “Bethlehem” for the Son of God?”

by ~ Oswald Chambers
My Utmost for His Highest

I don't know about you, but it is easy for me to lose the plot during the busyness of Christmas. I can get caught up in the planning, the wrapping, the food, the laughter and the wonderful activities of the holiday. But often, that is at the expense of the meditation on and the preparation for Jesus. I did not grow up in a tradition that celebrated "Advent" and thus did not have the foundation of preparing for the Messiah. As I have focused more and more on that aspect the last few years, I have found that the feeling of chaos or exhaustion leading up to Christmas really has subsided.

And that is a good thing.

Yet I wonder if I am truly preparing for the Messiah's birth for a day or if I'm preparing for Jesus to be a part of me all year?

Around here, Casting Crowns music gets played just about all waking hours. So, I've listened to "While You Were Sleeping" a few hundred times this holiday season. For those who don't know the song, it is a discussion of the carol "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and how that is really an indictment that they missed the coming of the Messiah because they were sleeping. The song goes on to wonder if we in America are sleeping as well. The song challenges me. Am I missing the Messiah because I am focusing on things that are of lesser importance? Or, as Chambers puts it in today's quote, have I made room for my heart and life to be Bethlehem? Is there room for Jesus to take residence in my life? Can he come from eternity and impact my today? Will I allow it?

My word for 2010 is going to be Connect. I will be writing more about that next week, but as a taster part of my goals for the coming year is to come away next December more connected to the wonder and amazement that a Saviour left heaven and entered my reality and saved my eternity. I want to find a deepening relationship with God because I have intentionally connected with him through word and ministry. But that takes time. Time that can already seem like a precious commodity. So, in order for me to have the time to connect more intentionally with him, I will have to take time away from something else. I will have to make room for Jesus. It is about priorities. I want to see more and more in my life where the priority is connecting with the Saviour who resides in me and not just visit him at church a couple of times a week.

Is your life ready to be Bethlehem? Can he come and reside with you? How will 2010 be different for you because of the Lord who has come to impact your life? I pray that the impact is amazing for all of us.

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Sarah said...

Great post!! Thank you so much for hosting this week!!

"I want to see more and more in my life where the priority is connecting with the Saviour who resides in me and not just visit him at church a couple of times a week."==I agree with you wholeheartedly.

Tami Boesiger said...

I pray He resides with me constantly, friend. I am nothing without Him.

I like to choose a word for the year too. Still working on mine. The one that popped into my head yesterday sounds too scary.

I pray your 2010 is more connected than ever.

Karen said...

That was really great. We definitely need to be thinking about and working on having Jesus with us all year not just bring Him out on Christmas. Thanks!

Debbie said...

I loved this quote and gave it much thought this week. Yes, I too want to spend more time with Him. Instead of getting so busy with stuff, may 2010 be a new start of focusing more on my relationship with Him.

Bless you,

Denise Hughes said...

Great quote this week. I like how you connected this quote to the coming year. It's true that in order to make more time for Christ, then I must take away a time commitment elsewhere too. That gives me some good food for thought. Thanks. Happy New Year!

Kristin said...

What a beautiful post and a wonderful reminder of the true meaning of the season.

Heather of S-A-M said...

Wonderful Post! Thanks for hosting us this week and stopping by my bloggity home!

Kathryn @ Expectant Hearts said...

Better late than never,right? GREAT take on this quote. I found it very convicting. What a great word for 2010 "Connect"..
thank you for hosting.

e-Mom said...

This is a wonderful quote! "Make my life Bethlehem"... puts the birth of Christ in context with the entire year.

I like to meditate on the word Bethlehem. Beth (House of) Lehem (Bread). Isn't it amazing that "The bread of the world" would come down and be laid in a feeding trough--in Bethlehem, the House of Bread? God is amazing!

Happy New Year!

JHS. said...

What a thought-provoking discussion. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

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