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. Luke 2:7
Today’s devotional was pointed to a very specific question. The writer questioned what remained of the inn that did not have place for Jesus on the eve of His birth? He wondered what had happened to the innkeeper that did not make room? Whatever happened to the people who filled the rooms at the inn?
The answer was the inn and everything in it are gone. It is dust. The innkeeper, his wife and all the bodies of those who very staying at the inn all became dust.
If he should set his heart to it and gather to himself his spirit and his breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust. Job 34:14-15
For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:14
When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. Psalm 104:29
The writer of the devotional wants his readers to understand that of all that was happening on that day, the only thing left to memorialize the day is the birth of Jesus.
The reader is encouraged to give thought to what will be left of our Christmas Day/Celebration gifts and gatherings. Will it all be turned to dust or will we give in such a way that displays the glory of God and reaps eternal reward?
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!“ 2 Corinthians 9:6-15