Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him up in his arms, praised God . . .
Picture It Now
Imagine with me: we are school-aged children. We walk inside the mall filled with the decorations and wonder of the Christmas season. Picture yourself anxiously waiting in line for the chance to see the one and only Santa.
We have been holding onto our wants and desires for what seems like forever. And we are dying to get them out. But what if we were to connect these wants and desires with the reality of joyously praising our Lord?
With Joyful Expectation
Similarly, my hope and prayer for each of us is that we would be as excited and open with our desires and wants with Christ as kids are with Santa. In the text, we see that Simeon takes Jesus into his arms and praises God. His joy is a lot like a small child who is so excited to finally see Santa.
What if we were this excited to spend time with our Lord? Even more, what if we were that willing—and even excited—to share with the Father all the things in our life: our wants, as well as our desires? What if we truly embraced the open arms of our Father?
Of Eternal Significance
Santa dresses in a big red suit and delivers toys; Jesus wore a crown of thorns and died on a cross. Santa brings us stuff that will eventually break and wither away; Jesus brings us into eternal life by overcoming evil and death.
I hope and pray that the joy of understanding what it means for Christ to die for us will have more lasting impact than the fickle feeling of Santa. When we take to heart the true meaning of the cross, we can begin to fully understand the need and want of embracing the Father.
Set aside the time you need today to start seeking the Lord in your time of prayer and devotion. Continue to share your life story with those who are yet to believe; tell them what God has been doing in your life, joyously praising our Lord, just as excitedly as a small child is about telling about their new toys.
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