Day 1

Making Room for Others



Romans 12:3-8, Acts 15:6-21, Galatians 3:27-29

BY Raechel Myers

One evening I was invited to a friend’s house to pray. The agenda was simple enough: eat snacks and mingle, settle in to spend time alone in prayer, then encourage each other.

I’m not always comfortable with group events, and nine times out of ten I’ll choose a quiet evening at home over a social gathering, especially on a weeknight. But this time I went. Mostly compelled by an opportunity to catch up with some friends and the possibility of a slice of cheesecake, I reassured myself that the tender-heart time wouldn’t last too long.

Several months later, I cannot recall how the food tasted, or what shoes I wore, or how awkward I felt. But I clearly remember how the Lord used that gathering to soften my heart in a very specific way. That night, in the quiet of the solo prayer time, the Holy Spirit impressed upon my heart just two words: make room.

In the days that followed, I considered the different ways I could make room: in my heart, on my calendar, in my home. I thought about who I could make room for: the new women moving to our burgeoning city, the people I know who need more than they have to offer, and the guy who definitely eased his way in front of me in line at the concession stand last weekend. But even before any of that, I can make room for my Lord, who promises me His presence whether I take time to be present with Him or not (John 14:16–17).

As I penciled down a list, I realized all the ways people had already made room for me:

Here is my time; it’s yours now.
Here is this meal; I want you to be nourished.
Here is my forgiveness; I know what a gift it is to be forgiven.
Here is this space to sit; I’d rather you have rest than me.
Here I am entering into your sorrow, I was comfortable, but you need comfort more than me.

Even more extravagant than the hospitality offered to me by others is that offered by the Father Himself:

I was an orphan; He calls me His daughter (John 1:12).
I was a foreigner; He made me a citizen (Ephesians 2:19).
My sin made me unclean like a leper; He did not cast me out (Ephesians 2:13).

Hospitality, I am learning, is often untidy and almost always inconvenient. But making room is not about my own comfort. It’s about taking something I presume is mine and offering it to someone else.

Jesus made room for everyone, for all types of people—neighbors, the poor, His betrayers, strangers, children, and so many more. It was a mark of His ministry: giving Himself and offering Himself to others and to the Father. Jesus made room because His is a gospel for all people. The apostle Paul writes, “ For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ. There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; since you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:27–28). In the gospel, there is no “other”—there is only “us.”

By His grace, God makes us living testimonies of Christ’s life by this truth: “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). In being inconvenienced and uncomfortable and messy, we find a nearness with God, because Jesus was these things and more on our behalf. We are learning to make room for others, because while we were still sinners, room was made for us.

Thanks be to God.

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388 thoughts on "Making Room for Others"

  1. Samantha Peebles says:

    God, You are so good! Thank you for making room for me, especially when I am so undeserving. Please help me to do the same for others I come across in my day to day life. I pray that You help me to be in less of a rush and more aware of those around me who are in need of my attention and time. I also pray for my Sisters in Christ who struggle with making room and time for others. Give us patience and give us Your eyes to see those who need us and more importantly those who need You.

  2. Lindsay Bacon says:

    Dear God, thank you for making room for me when I was a sinner. Help me to make room for You and to make room for the people I find difficult to show love to.

  3. Amy Hill says:

    Hospitality is love

  4. Michelle Berman says:

    I’ve never wanted or needed friends – I’ve always prided myself on the fact that I’m too busy for them. I’m still too busy, but in that chaos, I’m finding I need the refreshing of my spirit by being with other Godly women. I suddenly need friends. I need to put myself out there and make some.

    1. Jaz Wesley says:

      Wow, I am the same way. I totally relate.❤️

  5. Alyssa Raine says:

    I really need to re-evaluate my life and where I am at to first make room for God, which I haven’t been doing. I’ve been feeling lonely and left out, even though my home is filled with my husband and children. My job is filled with people I care for. But I’ve lost my love for God and that’s has affected me more than I’ve realized.

    1. Jenna Huff says:

      Me too!

  6. Mel Keierleber says:

    So thankful He never leaves us, even when we so easily walk away from Him.

    1. Jenna Huff says:

      ❤️

  7. Courtney Ross says:

    This study hits so close to home. As I’ve gotten older, the more closed off I have become to making new friends or just reaching out to my current friends to check in. Lord, help me to open myself up to others and welcome them into my life.

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