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The Ode To The Inn Keeper
The Innkeeper stands, he is guarding the door
He’s got all he wants, he has room for no more
‘O yes, there’s a stable, not fit for a king
Have that if you like, it don’t mean a thing.
But don’t come inside, I’ve so much to do
I haven’t the time to listen to you.’
A night to remember, the skies were aglow,
The shepherds excited in stable below,
But the Innkeeper lay in his comfortable bed
And turned to his wife and happily said,
‘It’s been a good day dear, the mortgage is paid,
It seems that we our fortune have made.’
Down in the stable, mystery dawns,
The young baby stretches and placidly yawns;
B.C. becomes A.D. the calendar’s changed.
History’s structure is now re-arranged,
But the Innkeeper sleeps ‘til morning light
He has no idea what happened that night.
Wise men arrive at the pull of a star,
Bow in deep homage they’ve come from afar;
Retrace their steps having heard from above
Rejoice in the blessing of God and his love
But the Innkeeper’s busy checking his wealth
Nothing to give, only thinks of himself.
The story of Advent has stayed through the years
The birth of a Saviour has scattered our fears’
Thousands of folk have now come to the light,
Because of the events of that glorious night;
But the Innkeeper continues as he did before
Not knowing that God has knocked on his door.
Innkeepers today may be in this place,
Accepting the Lord might make you lose face’
You think you’re O.K., it’s nothing to you,
Surely God has something better to do?
He knocks on the door -- your excuse is so thin,
Can you still say, ‘No Room at the Inn?’
I came across this poem the other day and wanted to share it with you.
The inn keeper has a very small part in the story of Jesus’ birth, but it is powerful to think about.
Business was booming for the innkeeper! Because of the Roman Census, many people were traveling to Bethlehem and needed a place to stay. Yet he was so busy, he missed out on the awesome opportunity of allowing Jesus into his inn. Instead the innkeeper assigned the humble couple to the stable. And that is where Jesus the king of kings was born on that night.
Two questions for you to consider. First, how busy is your life? The innkeeper was not lazy, he was very busy. I am all for putting in an honest days’ work. I have nothing against someone doing a little extra on the job to make sure the job is done right. In your life, are you so busy that you don’t have time for Jesus?
Remember this: he took time to die for you. Make time to live for him! Slow down with the stuff of life and enjoy his presence.
Second, how full is your life? That Roman Census did not last forever, therefore the people that came to the inn went back to where they lived. Then the inn was not full any longer.
We can easily fill our life with stuff that we think will bring us lasting joy and fulfilment, but in the end it does not. Every gift I have ever received eventually wore out. None of them lasted forever.
The stuff of this world does not last forever, but Jesus does! He is eternal. He never wears out. He never gets broken. He can bring true and lasting fulfilment to your life, but you have to let him in. Why not let him in today? Allow him to fill your life with his lifegiving presence. He is waiting for you. I hope and pray that you will.
If you do not have a church home we invite you to join us at Ghent Baptist Church. Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. and our Worship Service starts at 10:50 a.m.
We also have a Wednesday night services called Oasis at 7 p.m. This is a contemporary service open to all people.
May God’s richest blessings be yours this week. Love God and love people and have a Merry Christmas!
Bro. Graham Reynolds is the pastor at Ghent Baptist Church.