Room is a precious thing. A family of six in a two-bedroom house longs for more of it. A seven- foot man in a small car wishes for more. A child in a crowded city wants more room to play.
Sometimes the concern for room means not space but time. A business owner wants time off but there is no room in his day. Busy parents want more time with their kids but there is no room in the schedule. Room is precious.
And so too it is within the walls of our hearts. With so much to see, want, know, and do in this world, our hearts often are filled with clutter so that there is little room for the important. Recall the story of Joseph and Mary entering Bethlehem. The hustle and bustle of the Roman census meant no room for them in the inn. Even more significantly, in their ancestral home no blood relatives found room in their hearts to give them room in their houses.
So it was for Paul in Corinth. Many within the church no longer loved him as before because of the negative influence of false teachers. With an aching heart, he pleaded, “We opened wide our hearts to you. Make room for us.”
Father, give us roomy hearts for you and others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.