While we may get stressed about our friends and family dropping by unannounced, the centurion in Matthew was dealing with a much greater guest: Jesus Christ. For the centurion, it wasn't a matter of getting his house in order, it was his feeling of unworthiness and his knowledge of Jesus' power that prompted his response. The centurion's faith welcomed Jesus into his life and Jesus responded by healing the servant.
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we need to remember the most important preparation is readying our hearts to receive Him. Even if we don't think our house is clean and ready for guests, our hearts should be like the centurion's - always ready for the company of God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ our Savior!
Have faith and believe in the power of God and Jesus, making your heart ready for the company of Jesus Christ, the Savior!
Thank You for Your grace, mercy, and power. Help me to always have faith and to be prepared and ready to welcome You into my life and my home. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.