There are moments on the pages of Scripture that cause me to think deeply, and then worship. I was looking at Simeon coming into the temple in Jerusalem. On this particular day, “he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus…he took him in his arms and blessed God” (Luke 2:27-28).
That moment would have had no meaning if Simeon had not been under the influence and control of the Holy Spirit. It would have been like any other Jewish male child brought by their parents, except the righteous and devoted life of Simeon prepared him for this moment. He was a servant the Spirit was free to use for prophecy of this child and the blessing of His parents.
As under the control of the Spirit, Simeon knew what He was holding. “My eyes have seen Your salvation that You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentile, and for glory to Your people Israel” (2:30-32).
To see and hold the Son of God was the pinnacle of Simeon’s life. What would be the pinnacle of your life? What would make you feel that your life is full and complete, and it was now time to leave this world? I have often wondered how my life would end. Would it be filled with the glory of Christ because I am living under the blessed filling of the Holy Spirit? That is what I want others to see when I go home – the glory of Jesus!
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