Thursday, December 25, 2014

Thursday, Christmas Day

For Kids and Parents:

We come to the end of our Advent season and the story is simple and this is how we should remember it:

Luke 2:1-20
1  At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire.
2  (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3  All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census.
4  And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.
5  He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.
6  And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.
7  She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
8  That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.
9  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified,
10  but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
11  The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
12  And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
13  Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
14  “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
15  When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16  They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.
17  After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.
18  All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished,
19  but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.
20  The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them. 

Merry Christmas to you!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wednesday, Day 25: Christmas Eve - God Loves Us (So We Can Relax)

For Kids:

There’s a lot of things we have to do each day.

Get up from our sleep,
Get dressed,
Eat Breakfast,
Get ready for School,
Listen to the teacher, play with friends, eat our lunch, and after it’s all done, go back home.
There’s time to play,
Then we eat our supper…
And eventually we have to get ready for bed and go to sleep!
And then we do it all over again the next day.

Sometimes there’s a vacation - like right now - and we get more time to play, to have fun and not have to do work at school.

Our parents are good at helping us know what time it is and what we need to do next – even when we don’t want to move on to the next thing. 

God is also good at helping us know what time it is, and what is next. 

He doesn’t shout at us, or yell, or even scream…he does it peacefully, quietly.  He wants us to understand that he does it, most of all, for us.

Christmas can be quite busy and there’s lots of things going on at once…but let us not forget what God wants you to know – that he sent His son into the world simply because He loves you! 

He does not love you just when you’re good and doing the right things.
He loves you at all times, and wants you to know that when you trust in Him, he will show you how to live in His love…which means you can RELAX.

Remember this song Junior sings? 

This is very near the time we celebrate Jesus’ birthday, so let’s take some time today to say “thank you” Jesus for coming, and for loving me.

For Parents and Other Not Kids:

It's Christmas Eve today.  One of my favorite hymns is "Silent Night".  The words stay in our memories because they have been said over and over for countless years.  
Silent Night, Holy Night
All is calm, all is bright.
Round Yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy Infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Christmas cards come to us and a typical theme is "peace on earth".'s a wonderful idea, and one we desperately long for, and need...on so many different levels.  It seems like peace evades so many people.

The headlines each day remind us that the world is not at peace...
We see it every day that there are lots of individuals who live without peace...

I love peace.  I love the quiet calm that comes when all things are right.  
How do we get there?  How do we get this "Heavenly peace"?

The prophet Isaiah, some 700 years before Jesus' coming, proclaimed in Isaiah 9:6-7, 
"6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace..."

A Child is born...wonderful, mighty, eternal, Peace...

In Jesus we have the prince of peace – the one whose life brings a settled faith as the ultimate ruler and judge, and who is full of life and peace for those who are willing to cling to him.

God’s peace flows freely from his own internal qualities:  Love, goodness, mercy and grace.

God does not “give peace” as much as he “is peace”.  
In his presence is quiet rest, the ability to have confidence and trust – just because of who he is.

When we started Advent in Luke 1, the Advent story began with Zechariah, a priest, who was visited by the angel.  He told him that a son would come, and the birth of John the Baptist would be the "forerunner" of Jesus.  Later, when John is born, his father exclaims…
Luke 1:76-79
76  “And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord.
77  You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins.
78  Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
79  to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”

John's life serves as a model for life in Christ for us. 
We have the privilege of sharing the good news of Jesus.
We can share with others the knowledge of salvation, and the way of the forgiveness of their sins, because God is tender in his mercies.

The words the prophet uses, “darkness”, "Shadow of death" are more real than we imagine as people struggle with a sense of security about death and life. 

There is often an absence of peace.

People are often desperate for inward peace and they're searching for something, anything that will settle the inward storm.  

There is only one thing that brings real peace - Jesus.

When the angels come to announce the birth of Jesus to the shepherds they proclaim in Luke 2:14
14  “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

God is pleased to grant to us peace, when we put our life securely in His will and trust in Him completely for our lives.  Let's receive it with faith and trust in the one who is real peace.  


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesday, Day 24: Immanuel means "God Is With Us"

For Kids:

Christmas is soon here...are you excited about it coming?

Do you know what it means for Jesus to be born as a baby?

Mothers have babies all of the time don’t they?

Children are born every day all over the world, aren’t they?

So what makes Jesus’ birth so different from all of the rest?
God’s word says something happened when Jesus was born. 

When Jesus’ Dad, Joseph, was visited by the angel, the angel told him that Jesus was going to be very different from all other babies born.

Matthew 1:23
23  “The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and they will name him Immanuel,“ which means “God is with us.“

Just think about it…God is “with us”.

Did you ever look at your Mom and ask her, “Will you go with me?”  “Can I go with you?”  “Can I have my blanket, or stuffed animal with me in bed?”

When Mom says, “Yes” to any of those, doesn’t it make you feel happy? 

We want to have things we love with us. 

God loves us so much that he sent his Son to be born as a baby, so that he could be “with” us.

There is a great song that is known more in England and Scotland entitled “He is born, the Divine Christ Child.” 

The words are below, but if you click on the video you can hear the Veggie Tales sing it to you:

He is born, the holy Christ child.
Play the oboe and bagpipes merrily.
He is born, the holy Christ child.
Sing we all of the Saviour's birth

1. Through long ages of the past,
Prophets have foretold his coming;
Through long ages of the past,
Now the time has come at last.

2. Oh, how lovely, oh, how pure.
Is this perfect child of heaven.
Oh, how lovely, oh, how pure,
Gracious gift of God, to man.  [repeat #1]

3. Jesus, Lord of all the world,
Coming as a child among us,
Jesus, Lord of all the world,
Grant to us Thy heav'nly peace.

On the following page you can color the words Immanuel, God with Us.

For Parents and Other Not Kids:

Immanuel means "God with us"

Matthew 1:23 (NIV)
1:23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."

We use the word "with" in many favorable ways. "Will you go with me?" Whether it's the store, a football game, a party, or much bigger than all of that... through life, it still represents the partnership, shared space, journeying together or alongside that makes it so appealing. 

Then the angel of the Lord comes along and says to Joseph - and by extension to all of us - "they will call him Immanuel - which means God with us.
Think about that... 
God is "with" us.
Not because we're good...or deserve it...or only when we are at worship...or when you're giving...or when you're nice, polite, etc... 

Simply, I'll be WITH you. 

God sent Prophets, Kings, Apostles, Poets, even Farmers and Fishermen...all proclaimed messages, and some did miracles...but none of that is equivalent to, or nearly as needed, as "Immanuel...with you".

From Heaven He Came

From Heaven He came, O Praise His Name,
The Christ who took my shame.
King of all was He, yet He chose to be
But a man like me
So He came.

The Son of God, chose earth's cold sod
Left heaven's splendor rare.
And with naught to gain, Jesus stooped to claim
Man's despair.

He emptied Himself of all but love,
And came to live here with us.
He stepped from heaven's home
To ascend a cross-throne; wear a thorn-crown
And all for me.

(Words by Jack Hayford, with some changes by me)


Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday, Day 23, Two Babies in the Manger

For Kids:

It is just a few days away when Christmas arrives.  In most homes there will be gifts to open and food to eat. 

I wonder if you thought of what you can give Jesus for his birthday?

Now, you might think, "what can I give Jesus?"

Here’s a story that I think might help you realize what would be good present for Jesus.

It was nearing the holiday season and we had made a trip to Russia to visit an orphanage.

We were asked to tell them the Christmas story.  Most of the orphans have never heard the story from the bible, and so it was for the first time we got to tell them the traditional story of Christmas.

We told them about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem. Finding no room in the inn, the couple went to a stable, where the baby Jesus was born and placed in a manger. 

Throughout the story, the children and orphanage staff sat in amazement as they listened. Some sat on the edges of their stools, trying to grasp every word.

As we completed the story, we gave the children three small pieces of cardboard to make a crude manger.

Then each child was given a small paper square, cut from yellow napkins I had brought with me. (No colored paper was available in the city.)

We told the children to tear the paper and carefully laid strips in the manger for straw.  A doll‑like baby was cut from tan felt we had brought and it became the baby Jesus.

The orphans were busy assembling their manger as I walked among them to see if they needed any help.

All went well until I got to one table where little Misha sat.  He looked to be about 6 years old and had finished his project. As I looked at the little boy's manger, I was startled to see not one, but two babies in the manger.

Quickly, I called for the translator to ask the lad why there were two babies in the manger. Crossing his arms in front of him and looking at this completed manger scene, the child began to repeat the story very seriously.

For such a young boy, who had only heard the Christmas story once, he related the happenings accurately until he came to the part where Mary put the baby Jesus in the manger.

Then Misha started to add to the story with his own words. 

He made up his own ending to the story as he said,
"When Mary laid the baby in the manger, Jesus looked at me and asked me if I had a place to stay. I told him I have no mamma and I have no papa, so I don't have any place to stay.
Then Jesus told me I could stay with him. But I told him I couldn't, because I didn't have a gift to give him like everybody else did.
But I wanted to stay with Jesus so much, so I thought about what I had that maybe I could use for a gift. I thought maybe if I kept him warm, that would be a good gift. So I asked Jesus, 'If I keep you warm, will that be a good enough gift'
And Jesus told me, 'If you keep me warm, that will be the best gift anybody ever gave me.'
'So I got into the manger, and then Jesus looked at me and he told me I could stay with him for always.'

As little Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of tears that splashed down his little cheeks. Putting his hand over his face, his head dropped to the table and his shoulders shook as he sobbed and sobbed.

The little Misha, who didn’t have parents, had found someone who would never abandon him, someone who would stay with him - FOR ALWAYS.

Did you know that Jesus once said:  “Let the little children come to me, and don’t ever stop them, for they also can come into the kingdom of God.   (Mark 10:14)

So, what is a present you can give to Jesus? 

Why not give him yourself!

For an activity today, you can make your own manger with popsicle sticks and something to color.

For Parents and Other Not Kids:
The story of Misha was a true story.

In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on biblical principles) in the public schools.
They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments and a large orphanage.

The orphanage Misha was in had about 100 boys and girls who had been abandoned, abused, and left in the care of a government‑run institution.
The two Americans saw little Misha and witnessed what he did to give Jesus a present.

It’s too easy for many of us to make Christmas all about the latest toys, video games, electronic gizmos.

How can we help our kids understand that Christmas isn’t just about getting; but also a time when we can share and give to others who are less fortunate?

We participate in an overseas program called Operation Christmas Child  through the Mission agency Samaritan’s Purse.  You can find information about it at

As our kids grew up we often asked them to give away some of their older toys to charities like Goodwill, and we also encouraged them to serve in places like food banks, or shelters.

Why do all of this?

It helps our kids mature if they realize that not everyone is as fortunate as they are, and that even when they don’t have as much as another friend, they are still better off than most of the rest of the kids in the world.

Remember, Luke 6:38
38  Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." 


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday, Day 22, The Fourth Sunday of Advent: A Child's Version of the Christmas Story

For Kids and Their Parents:

In honor of my grandchildren – all 8 of them…

She was five,
sure of the facts,
and recited them
with slow solemnity,
convinced every word
was revelation.
She said,

"They were so poor they only had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to eat and they went a long way from home without getting lost.

The lady rode a donkey, the man walked, and the baby was inside the lady.
They had to stay in a barn, with an ox and ass (hee‑hee)
but there were three rich men who found them because a star lited the roof.

Shepherds came and you could pet the sheep but not feed them.

Then the baby was borned!!"

Her eyes inflated to the size of silver dollars.

"The Baby was God!"  And she jumped in the air,
whirled around, dove into the sofa and buried her head under the cushion...

which is the only proper response to the Good News of Jesus' Birth!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday, Day 21: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

For Kids:

Have your parents put up a Christmas tree yet? 
Is it decorated with ornaments and other things?

Why do we do that?

The idea of putting up a tree goes back a long time ago…way before you, or your parents, or even your grandparents were born.

A long time ago there was no electricity to light up the homes, so people use to light candles in their homes, especially in the winter when the daylight was shorter and the nighttime was long.

Once, when a man who loved God, was walking outside in the winter he saw the stars shining through the trees and with Christmas soon coming he thought of an idea – bring the tree into His home and put candles in the tree and decorate it to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

When we’re going to have a party, we decorate the house, don’t we?

Well, we’re only a few days away from celebrating Jesus’ birth, so it’s fun to decorate the house to welcome him in.

Here’s a kid’s song that is called “Oh Christmas Tree”…

One special thing you might ask your parents to do is create your own decoration to hang on the tree.  There are lots of things you can do. 

And, here’s a tree to color:

For Parents and Other Not Kids:

Christmas for most people involves a tree.  
For years we have gone out and gotten a freshly cut tree; but I realize that a lot of people prefer the convenience of the artificial trees – which frankly have gotten amazingly better over the years.

What is it about Christmas trees?

There are many historic reasons for the inclusion of the evergreen tree in the Christmas season, and perhaps the most basic one is that in Autumn (in the Northern Hemisphere that is) the leaves fall from the deciduous trees and the days of light grow shorter, darkness more and more invades the earth, and the cold weather drives us indoors.

I personally love winter, but the symbolic part of "life" retreating can't be missed. 
Along comes the evergreen tree and reminds us that life continues in the midst of the darkness, the cold, the winter season. 

Biblically though, almost three thousand years ago a prophet looked all around the land of Israel, and all he saw was "darkness, gloom", a foreboding sense of trouble that would lead to war, captivity, exile for his people, Israel.

The prophet, Isaiah, prophesied faithfully to a nation that had lost hope, and forgotten it's heritage. He spoke truth into the situation but also spoke of hope for the Messiah to come. 

Note carefully, the idea that from brokenness, comes God’s work and new life.
Isaiah 11:1-10
1  There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2  And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
3  And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4  but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
5  Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
6  The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.
7  The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8  The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
9  They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
10  In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

The passage speaks of a different day in the future when "shalom", the peace of God's Kingdom will cover the whole of the earth.

Where does this begin? It begins with the "root of Jesse...a branch" that speaks of Jesus' coming in the future. 

Remember that Jesus' family line comes from David, who was a son of Jesse.

Psalm 72:18-20
18  Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
19  Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!
20  The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.

When the angel visited Mary to tell her of the miraculous birth she was to have, he said to her,

Luke 1:31-33
31  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
32  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
33  and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

The tree, the tree of life from God has continued to grow, to survive even when chopped down, and all that remains is a root, and a branch from a stump. 

The image from Isaiah of the Messiah is full of wonder. "The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And He will delight in the fear of the Lord".

We do not live in a day where it's popular to embrace "the fear of the Lord".
We live in a culture that is centered on "me".

The selfish aspect of that hearkens back to the reminder of what the Jesse tree is all about...that our roots are roots of faith that are linked to God's creation and his ultimate purposes, and the means for all of that is in His Son, our Savior, the branch, the Son of David, Jesus.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday, Day 20: The Innkeeper Who Changed His Mind

For Kids:

The story of Jesus being born is in God’s word.  We've been reading and let’s read it again and look at something new:

Luke 2:4-7
4  And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.
5  He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.
6  And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.
7  She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

The Innkeeper is the person who probably told Mary and Joseph there is no room. 

Many years ago I ran across a story that I thought was really nice and I wanted to share it with you here.

Here's the story: 

No Room in the Inn

The story is told how Wallace Purling added a new touch to the Christmas play in a small town in the Midwest of America.

Wallace was not a fast learner. He was nine at the time and in the second grade, though he should have been in the fourth grade.  

He was liked by the other kids in his class even though he was quite a bit taller, slower and bigger than they.

Wallace wanted to be a shepherd with a flute in the Christmas pageant that year, but the director, Miss Lumbard, thought he might better fit the role of the innkeeper.

He wouldn't have too many lines to remember and, because of his size, he would be able to present a more forceful refusal to the much smaller Joseph.

So he practiced being the Innkeeper, and then the night of the Christmas pageant came.

Behind the stage, Wallace was so ready to get into the play that Miss Lombard had to make sure he didn't wander onstage before his cue.

Then came Wallace's part.

Looking exhausted from the long journey, Joseph and Mary slowly approached the entrance to the inn. Joseph knocked. The door opened immediately, and with Wallace putting on his gruffest voice declared,

"What do you want?"

“We seek lodging sir,” Joseph said to Wallace the Innkeeper.

'Seek elsewhere,' Wallace spoke loudly and forcefully. 'This inn is filled.'
Sir, we have asked everywhere.  We have traveled far and are weary." Joseph replied.

"There is no room in the inn – go someplace else," Wallace barked.

"Please, good innkeeper, this is my wife, Mary. She is soon going to give birth to our child and needs a place to rest. Surely you must have some small corner for her. She is so tired," Joseph pleaded.

For the first time, the innkeeper began to let down his guard and relax a little. There was a long pause ... and silence. Now the audience was beginning to feel tense.
No! Go Away!" whispered the prompter from the wings.

"No!" Wallace repeated. "Go Away!"

Joseph looked at Mary, put his arm around her, and with heads bowed in sadness, they slowly walked away.

But just then, Wallace the Innkeeper didn't close the door and go inside. He stood there with mouth open watching the forlorn couple leaving his inn. He was genuinely upset. 
His eyes unmistakably filled with tears.

Then totally unexpected, Wallace departed from his memorized script...
"Don't go, Joseph," Wallace called out. "Bring Mary back."

And then with a broad grin lighting up his whole face he spoke out loudly and clearly, "You can have my room."

Some in the audience felt Wallace had ruined the pageant. Others, felt it was the best Christmas pageant they had ever seen.

I love this story because it reminds me that we can always say “Jesus, you are welcome in my house, I have room for you.”

Perhaps we can pray and say this to Jesus, “Jesus, please come into our house.  We want you to be in our family.”

Here’s a video about the Innkeeper.  While it’s a little long, it’s funny to see all that happened that night at his Inn.

And here’s a page to color. 

For Parents and Other Not Kids:

The story of the birth of Christ includes many characters...Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Angel Hosts are some of the good ones.  Caesar Augustus is the emperor...I can't help but think Darth Vader!  

Another character that seldom gets good reviews is the innkeeper in Bethlehem.
Luke 2:6-7
6  And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
7  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

You notice, the text does not say there was an "innkeeper".  Like the legend of the Magi in Matthew 2, inferences have been made down through history about various aspects of the story.  

The passage says in vs 6, "While they were there, the time came..." 

It's quite possible that Mary and Joseph were already in the town for a time when the baby Jesus began to come.  

Since there was a census, the town would be bloated with extra people, and in all likelihood, since this was Joseph's ancestral home, there were many who traveled here to fulfill their obligations to the Romans.

Still, the idea that "there was no place for them in the inn" is troubling when you consider it means turning an obviously very pregnant woman away.  

SO, the innkeeper gets bad press.

Does he deserve it?  He didn’t know, did he?  
If he had, would he have done differently?  
We don’t know…but then this is not about him, but us.

We’re probably a lot like him. 

I was pastoring for about 4 years - back in the late 70's - when I first came across the Wallace Purling story - a story that has been for me worth reading each year.  (if you didn't read it, it's above in the Kid's section)

It reminds me of the way in which God comes to each of us.

Suddenly, quietly, not with fanfare of angels like he did with the shepherds that night, but in a way that asks something little of our time.

When we're busy, pre-occupied, distracted – for whatever reason good or bad –we're likely to push him away.

Isn’t that the reason why Jesus said some of these things?

Mark 9:41
41  I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.

Matthew 18:5
5  "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.

Matthew 25:34-40
34  "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37  "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
40  "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

We don’t always know when Jesus will come to us and ask for room, but in each of our hearts, there is that need to say "come in, there's room for you in my life".