I have spent a significant amount of time this month preparing rooms. I usually wait until December 1st to start decorating, partly because I need to prepare the rooms to decorate. I love having family here over Thanksgiving, so there is a lot to clean up.
I don’t want to decorate dust bunnies.
What I enjoy most about decorating for Christmas are the memories. We have many “tacky” yet priceless ornaments that our children have made. Some have pictures on them which are especially fun for the grandchildren to see. “My mom looked like that?”
Preparing the rooms causes a flood of memories to sweep over me.
The idea of “room” denotes two thoughts for me.
- room – a physical space defined by walls
- room – a space, place
One of my favorite Christmas Carols – Joy to the World – has a line that says –
Let every heart prepare Him room…
As this line repeated itself over and over in my mind I began to think of the meaning of those words.
How do I prepare room in my heart?
I thought about how I prepare the rooms in my home.
- clean out the dirt and mess
- put out clean sheets and towels
- fill the room with pleasant smells
- decorate the room so guests feel welcome – like a favorite book or toy
This parallels what I must do in my heart to prepare my life to receive Jesus.
- clean out the sin by asking forgiveness and repenting – I John 1:9
- put on the robe of righteousness that Jesus gives – Isaiah 61:10
- worship, show love – these are a sweet fragrance to God – Ephesians 5:2 AMP
- fill my heart with God’s Word, write His words on my heart – Proverbs 3:3
Once my heart is prepared, Jesus will live in me through His Spirit. I must be intentional about preparing to receive Jesus – just as I am intentional about decorating rooms in my house for Christmas. An artist friend, Sheila Atchley, posted yesterday that “We can only give to others what we first OWN for ourselves.” YES! Only that which is in our hearts. Are our hearts prepared for Jesus?
Isaiah 9: 6-7 says –
6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
Let our hearts prepare Him room.