And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
Luke 2:25-29 (KJV)
In life, you don’t have to be famous to be special and significant. Simeon is unknown to history in his days, except for this text before us today. As far as we know, we would say he was not famous because perhaps he didn’t do anything spectacular or hold a powerful position in the temple before men. But the Bible tells us certain character traits that this patriarch exhibited, that stood him out in his days before God.
First the scriptures said he was righteous. Secondly, he was devoted to the course of God, he cared about God’s purpose and was careful to please God. Thirdly, he was looking forward to the consolation of Israel. In other words he believed that God was going to come through in all His promises for Israel. He believed in the promise of the coming Messiah. He didn’t only believe the promises of God, his life was marked by an unusual presence of the Holy Spirit. He was sensitive to divine timing and manifestations, because of this virtues, God made him a promise of beholding the Messiah before his demise and that came to pass.
Today, it would be great for us to emulate the life of Simeon. Let us walk in the righteousness of God in Christ and be devoted to His course as we look forward to His promises of redemption. Walking in sensitivity of the Holy Spirit and discharging our duties as faithful stewards of the divine trust, would mark us for distinction.
My declaration and confession: Today I decree and declare that my significance is found in my purpose in Christ and not on cheap popularity.
Ignite Thought: It is better to be significant in God’s purpose than to be popular in man’s agenda.