Simeon’s biography in Luke’s gospel is an “espresso” passage (small serving size, but strong content). He’s described as just, devout, and waiting for the Consolation of Israel. The Holy Spirit leads him to the Temple to see Jesus. As he holds Him in his arms, Simeon speaks these words:
“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all the peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” – Luke 2:29-32 NKJV
Look at the focus of his words:
- You are letting
- Your servant
- Your word
- Your salvation
- You have prepared
- Your people
Notice the absence of “me”, “my”, and “mine”. Even though he was being rewarded for his faithfulness (and could have felt very prideful), there was an outward focus on God, His plan, and others being included. It revealed the humble heart of a man who couldn’t have known he would be memorialized forever in scripture. His life was lived with a “Your” mindset; how about you today?
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.” – James 4:10 NKJV
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