By the time you read this blog you will be holding a present in your hands. Wrapping paper, beautiful bows, boxes and card envelops will be stuffed into garbage bags ready to be discarded. Some gifts will immediately be used while others will sit on a shelf or corner of the room waiting for their moment to be treasured.
Put yourself for a moment in the sandals of a man who is not a priest or associated with any sect of the Jews. From the context, he appears to be an older man that held secretly in his heart that before he died, he would see the Messiah, God’s Anointed One. He did not know when this momentous event would take place, but he lived in total faith and undaunted expectancy that he would see “the Lord’s Christ”. He was marked by a sensitive heart to the Holy Spirit. This led him to “come in the Spirit into the temple…when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the Law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
““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, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel”” (Luke 2:27–32).
Can you imagine living most of your life waiting, hoping, and expecting to see one person, and when they arrive, you are so content that your life is finished. I want my life to be this single focus on making Jesus everything to me so that others can hold this precious gift, not just an idea, but a person in their hearts so their lives are lived solely for Him! WHAT ARE YOU HOLDING?
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