Day 24 - Purpose
“There was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus...he took him up in his arms and blessed God saying, ‘Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that You have prepared in the presence of all peoples.’” --Luke 2:25-31
Here again we encounter a character who is commonly left out of the Christmas story, but whose life is very intriguing. All we are told about Simeon is what we read above: he was a devout man who loved God and who received a simple promise that He would get to see the Messiah in the flesh before He died. That’s it. For all we know, he spent the whole of his long life waiting for this day; the day when He would get to see Jesus in person. And then he is reconciled to his own death following this encounter.
I don’t think people of our time are all that different from the people who lived in Jesus’s day. We all still want our lives to matter; we are all still struggling to be important, even if just to a few people, but for Simeon it was enough that He got to see Jesus, and that a promise that was given to him from God was fulfilled. His life was important, not because of any spectacular accomplishment or revolutionary idea; His life was important because he found his worth in the God of heaven and His Son coming to earth to save the people of the world.
So too, your life can be meaningful if you spend it seeking God and finding your worth in Him. Trust me, it’s a worthwhile investment.
What are some of the areas of your life where you still try to find self-worth? What are the areas where accomplishments are more important to you than God telling you that you matter to Him? Ask God to move your heart from valuing those things to valuing Him. Read through Matthew 10:26-33 for more insight into finding your worth in God alone.