God wants access to the darkest part of your life
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
When Jesus was born, it wasn’t in a palace fit for a king. He was born in a manger – where animals ate – because there was no room for him in the inn.
“God says He wants access to your manger!,” said Miles in his Christmas day message. “He wants access to your pride, your arrogance, your addiction, your gossip. He doesn’t want you to show Him off as, ‘I’ve been to church,’ He wants to go to the dark part of your life.”
God didn’t come to take a place of privilege and fanciness. The Bible says as much:
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
God came to deal with the darkest, ugliest part of our lives. That’s why the psalmist says:
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
“When you put your head on your pillow tonight, say that and listen. That’s what He wants!