The Manger In Us

Although the holiday is coming to a close, the message does not. When Jesus came to the earth, He didn’t come as an arrogant figure nor was he born in a jubilant palace. He came in a lowly manger, relatable to anyone of any status or background. Did you know you too have a manger?

Even as Christmas comes to a close, we must:

1. Receive the King into your Heart

2. Recognize the King as the top priority in your Heart

3. Respond to the promptings of the Lord in your Heart

Your manger is the place in your life for Jesus to dwell. We were made to House the Lord within us. My question is, “What does your manger look like?”

The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;”

This past Sunday at church, after our Christmas Play ended I took a manger and talked about how the manger represented the space for Jesus in our hearts. I took a garbage can and filled the manger with the trash as I described what many of our mangers look like today. But regardless how filthy and trashed up our mangers are due to unholy living and sinful behavior, God is faithful to take care of it. Ask Jesus to clean up your manger and to remove the things that are taking His proper place in your life. The greatest gift ever given was Jesus. Yet many people do not receive this gift. Jesus is the most recognizable King, yet people don’t recognize Him as 1st place in their lives. The Lord isn’t looking for a placing in your life, He is looking to be the priority in your life. And everyday, Jesus is calling us to move to His leading. Are you responding to Him? Are you Hearing the still small voice? Don’t let Christmas be the only time you talk to Christ. Don’t let this be the only occasion you respond to Christ. Ask yourself, “What does my manger look like?” Pray about it and see where God leads. Let us all remember that Christ is the reason for the season and He is waiting to be born in your own life. Question is, “Will you let Him use your manger?” #TheMangerInUs #MerryChristmas

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Brandon Baumgarten

Brandon Baumgarten grew up in the small town of Oilton, Oklahoma and was elected to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as State Secretary, State President, and as a National Officer Candidate representing nearly 25,000 students on the local, state, and national levels from 2011-2013. Afterwards, Brandon launched his speaking career and authored the highly sought after leadership book, Caught Up & Called Out, hoping to help others see the impact they can make on this world. He is a professional speaker, speaking at over 100 different events each year, and a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Leadership, and was even named a top 10 student. He is a Zig Ziglar Legacy & Youth Certified Presenter and his message is always to engage, encourage, and empower you to do something big in your life! No matter if you are a student, teacher, parent, or business executive, Brandon's presentations are certain to make you laugh, think, and realize your impact is about to begin!

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