There was no room for Mary and Joseph at the inn. Do we have room for Jesus?
Have you ever been distracted and missed something important?
We live in a time with an incredible amount of information at our fingertips. While the printing press and books and the internet have made wonderful advances in human society, they have also allowed us to be more easily distracted. What do you do while waiting? Do you pull out your phone or book or tablet? Television, music and books encourage us to chase the American dream of money, a house, a car, a family and recognition. From an early age we are taught what society views as success. Entertainment and life goals are not wrong, but they can be a distraction from our primary purpose to glorify God by making Jesus Lord of every area of our lives. Let’s discuss ways to make room for the Christ child in our hearts.
Read the Christmas story in Luke 2:1-19.
There was no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn. The innkeeper was distracted by the inn full of guests, and because of his distraction he failed to make room for the Christ. This week during the message we saw the video of Matt’s story. Matt was distracted by busyness and chasing the American dream.
1. What keeps you busy?
2. Have you ever considered that busyness and distraction can be a weapon of the Enemy?
3. What distracts you at Christmas?
Busyness and distraction can cause discontent. At Christmas we are surrounded by ads encouraging us to buy this thing or that thing so that we will be happy.
4. What does it mean to be content? Are you content? What do you need to be content?
5. How can the group pray against distraction in our lives? How can we hold each other accountable for maintaining our focus on Christ?