Do We Have Room for Jesus?

Looking around the closets of my house, I see too much stuff. Articles of clothing not touched in months and sometimes years. I would bet some of the clothes do not even fit me anymore. Too many shoes, too many purses, so much stuff that I have no room for anything new. Do I have room for Jesus?

The kitchen suffers from overcrowding as well. In the pantry, two or three bottles of the same type of spices. Boxed food dating back to before time began, gathering dust on the shelves. Moldy cheeses and fruits wasted because they sat buried under other foods. And yet, we still buy more groceries and cram them into the overflowing shelves.

John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”


Luke 3:11 (NIV)

More Room for Jesus

Other families own so much stuff that they need to rent storage facilities to hold it all. One family I knew rented three units at three different locations to keep all their overflow of possession. Have you noticed how many storage places are popping up in your city? We have become obsessed with owning more and more things.

We probably own and do more things than any of our ancestors, but are we any happier? Click To Tweet

This need for things has now spread beyond our households. All you can eat restaurants fill the need for overindulging. Calendars not filled up with pursuits leave us feeling underutilized. We try to work eighty hours in a forty-hour workweek. The children enrolled in too many activities leave us exhausted. We probably own and do more things than any of our ancestors, but are we any happier?

Less not More

As I travel through God’s creation, I realize how satisfied families can be with much fewer possessions. I see the joy on the faces of Myanmar women with only a few outfits in their closets. Nepal families celebrate life together with just a few bowls of rice to eat. I visit with Kenyan women who have nothing on their calendars. They have time to sit down with me and enjoy a cup of tea and a conversation without a cluttered schedule.

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”


Luke 12:15 (NIV)

Simplify

Do we own our belongings, or do they own us? I plan to simplify my life by cleaning out closets and buying less stuff this year. I want to free up my calendar for more time with friends. As a Christian, I feel God is calling me to a simpler life. Christ wants my whole heart. When my focus is on worldly possessions, my heart cannot turn to Christ entirely. I pray that fewer distractions in my home will help me spend more time with the most fundamental thing we need, Christ.

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What can you do to de-clutter your life and find more freedom in Christ alone? How can you find more room for Jesus?

Blessings,

Yvonne M Morgan, #Blogger, #Speaker, #Writer

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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26 thoughts on “Do We Have Room for Jesus?

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    The older I become, the more I realize stuff is not as important as I once thought. 🙂 Now I prefer to fill my life with Him.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too Melissa. Stuff yet causes clutter. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and God bless.

  2. P V Ariel – Secunderabad – Philip Verghese, otherwise known as Ariel, is a multilingual freelance writer, content marketer, social campaigner, and blogger who manages different sites in English as well as in Malayalam. He also creates Expert Roundup Posts for his sites as well as for others. He hails from Kerala. Now based at Hyderabad, Telangana State, India. Can reach via Skype: Philva6 Email: philipscom55@gmail.com Blog @ https://www.pvariel.com
    Philip Verghese Ariel

    Hi Yvonne,
    It is indeed a great joy to be here today! 🙂
    I found this post curated on Twitter and landed here.
    Yes, this is indeed a very timely note to me. Yes, it is high time that we need to find more rooms for our Savior and Lord. We have everything in sufficient but sad to note that many could not find any space for their Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. This post is indeed and alert to such people.
    Let us have more space for our Saviour.
    I am sure if we have everything without Jesus we are nothing! or we are empty.
    Keep sharing.
    Best Regards
    ~ Philip

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Busyness and clutter squeeze out room to spend time with God. We get much more benefits from a relationship with a Jesus than hoarding stuff. God bless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      And too much stuff can crowd Him out of our lives. Thanks and God bless.

  3. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    Yvonne – it’s as if you’ve been peering over my shoulder. For the past several months I’ve been focused on decluttering and simplifying. And I’m committed to buying less “stuff” this year. As I prepare to downsize y home, I’m realizing the reality that my possessions really do possess me instead of the other way around.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      That is wonderful to hear. I hope God shows you many things as you declutter and simplify. It is so freeing. Thanks and God bless.

  4. I’m dating a man from Africa. As I’ve become acquainted with him and his friends, I’m learning the power of contentment with living with less. They’re even working jobs they’re overqualified for and joyful at all times! May my stuff never own me.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Candice. We can learn a lot from other cultures when it comes to simply living. As long as we have food, a little money and shelter, we can be happy

    2. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks and God bless

  5. The Scripture quotes reminded me of another one, Luke 12:18, where it talks about a surplus harvest and building bigger barns to store. So rather than share, it is hoarded. All a great reminder that we are called to generously share what we have and live a simple life that is devoted to God.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      So true Anne. And as the old saying goes, you don’t get to take it with you. Thanks and God bless

  6. Yvonne, It’s sad the storage facilities and garages and basements that are filled to the brim. And my thoughts are if we aren’t using them and needing them right now, do we need them at all. While I use to hate all the times we moved in ministry, I liked the fact that I used that time to declutter and give away things. And since I’ve been to a third world country as well, I know things don’t make anyone happy. So many just need the basics to survive, while we are living in abundance. Making room for Jesus is the most important thing/person we can possess.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes it is the most important thing in life. I think sometimes we don’t fully grasp how our things can crowd out Jesus. Thanks and God bless

  7. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Oh Yvonne, what a message! I am a minimalist at heart, but unfortunately I live with many savers. So, I am always balancing my needs for less with their needs to keep. Regardless, we have way more than is needed. Lord have mercy on our selfish eyes and hearts. And you are so right, it is freedom to let go of “stuff”, so there is more room in our lives for Christ. Praying we can do a deep soul cleaning soon.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you my sister. It amazes me how much stuff can interfere in our relationship with God; keeping up with the Jones instead of with God. Thanks and God bless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I think we all could simplify life in some ways even if that means reducing our calendars too. Thanks Emily and God bless.

  8. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    This is excellent! I laughed out loud at these: “Boxed food dating back to before time began, gathering dust on the shelves. Moldy cheeses and fruits wasted because they sat buried under other foods. And yet, we still buy more groceries and cram them into the overflowing shelves.”

    Sounds familiar. We recently discussed this very thing and reworked our shopping system. We now wait until the cupboards are bare before shopping. We just relocated twice in two years. The first move rooted out the food from the B.C. era. This second move propelled half of my clothing to Goodwill. Smaller quarters forced me to empty the shelves. Every time we streamline, I’m relieved. That goes for schedules as well. A superb post that pokes right at our American wealth and excess.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I know, right. I know one family that buy no groceries (other than perishables) the first month of the year so that use up all the stuff in their pantry. I need to try this too. Thanks Melinda and God bless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      You are so correct. So many have it backward, they love stuff instead of people. Thanks and God bless.

  9. Maribeth Ditmars – United States – I am an author, blogger, and speaker, but more importantly, mom and grandmom. I taught school in Sarasota, Florida for many years while my husband, Rob, and I raised our 3 children and several dogs. I loved writing with my students and drawing out their creativity. In 1997 our world was rocked when our ten-year-old son, Chris, was diagnosed with leukemia and I began journaling. That journal eventually became my first book, “Christopher’s Journey”, and I began speaking and fundraising at cancer benefits and nonprofits. Chris, our funny, compassionate, and loving child, lost his battle with cancer in 2001 at the age of 14. Although he had lost his earthly battle, he had won his spiritual battle. His faith and acceptance were beyond anything that we had taught him. On his deathbed, he assured us that Jesus was coming for him. He had become our teacher. This began my personal journey to gain a better relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a journey that continues today. I wrote my second book, “The Bald-Headed Princess” because I hadn’t been able to find any quality literature for children with cancer. Shortly after it was published, I had a student with cancer in my fourth-grade classroom. We all read the book together and learned about cancer, courage, and empathy. My faith grew, but so did my life challenges. I struggled with alcoholism, and our daughter battled drugs. I was the perfect example of someone who looked great on the outside, but was dying on the inside. I followed Chris’s example and put it all in God’s hands. Today I have double-digit sobriety, our daughter is doing well, and we have 2 beautiful granddaughters. In 2015, tragedy struck again, and our 21-year-old son, Jarrod, was killed in an accident. Once again, our family was plunged into unimaginable grief. It took a huge toll on our marriage. It would have been easy to turn away from God and back to alcohol, but I clung tenaciously to Jesus Christ and the hope of glory. Rob and I had also been given the gift of seeing Jarrod turn away from his rebellious ways and become a true Christian. A few years ago, I began blogging. I am blessed to be able to use my blog to share my hope with others who struggle with adversity and loss. I have spoken at Christian and secular conferences on topics of childhood cancer, grief and child-loss, non-profit fundraisers, women’s retreats, events for folks in recovery. I believe that the Lord uses those of us who have suffered in a mighty way—if we let him. I am working on several other books, including my family story. I hope that you can join me on my journey as we work out our salvation together.
    Maribeth Ditmars

    Our ‘stuff’ so often becomes a false idol. One of my life journeys included going from a 4 bedroom house with a packed garage and a stuffed attic to living in an RV! I definitely noticed more of God’s creations in the experience.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      So very true Maribeth. We put our trust in our stuff. I’m glad to hear you are noticing God more when you became unburdened. I pray you continue to get closer to God. Thanks and God bless.

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