“Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ … “Coming up to them at that very moment, she [the prophet Anna] gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” Luke 2:34-35, 38
One of my favorite things about the Christmas narrative is how God uses unlikely folks — an unwed virgin, a carpenter, foreign wise men, sheepherders, and senior citizens — to unfold His plan of salvation.
I’ve always loved the story of Simeon (Luke 2:22-36) in the Bible. Perhaps it’s because, growing up, I was surrounded by loving and godly seniors who took an interest in my life. But I think it’s also because this story highlights the fact that it’s never too late for anyone to be used by God in incredible ways.
Simeon and the prophet Anna had faithfully served God and prayed for decades, but when Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the temple, it was their greatest ministry opportunity so far. Their acts of faith that day proved to be their most enduring legacy. They testified about the Messiah Israel had longed for since the time of the exile. They actually held the Promised One in their arms!
God is no respecter of age. He doesn’t retire people from His service when their bodies start to wear out. If the heart is willing, God is willing! If a person is available, he or she will soon find an opportunity for significant kingdom impact presented to them by God’s design. And it may be the greatest influence they’ve ever had!
You’re never too old to bear witness to the Prince of Peace.
Thank You God that even today, no matter my weaknesses, You delight in using me for Your glory. I’m available. Use me. Amen.
By M Jantzen
used by permission
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