In Sermon Spillover, Soul Food on December 27, 2010 by The Spillover

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout.  He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.  Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts.  -Luke 2:25-27

Pastor Mark discussed Simeon on Sunday.

It amazes me how the Bible records some elaborate truths in plain language.  For the Word to call this man Simeon “righteous and devout” is pretty profound.  A lifetime of dedication culminates in those two adjectives.  Really, imagine yourself being named in the Bible as a person who was righteous and devout.  That’s an exclusive club you’d be in.

It’s easy to gloss over those two words.  But we aren’t going to do that.

For him to be called “righteous” means that his life was marked by submission to the Lord.  Day in, and day out, this man did what he thought was right in God’s eyes.  Through his difficult times, through the mundane tasks of life, through his personal struggles with whatever secret temptations challenged him…he came out of it all being marked as one who valued God’s truth over his own desires.

He was also “devout”.  Dedicated.  Committed.  When he went through seasons when it felt like God was far away, still he trusted Him.  On those days he didn’t feel like praying, or reading, or doing what God was telling him to do – he did it anyways.  He was devoted to God, first and foremost.

And note that we’re told of Simeon’s submission and devotion to God before we’re told that the “Holy Spirit was on him”.

He was less concerned with himself, and more concerned with his God.

He was willing to get out of the way so that God could work within him and use him as He wished.

This righteous and devout man heard from the Holy Spirit – and when he did, he moved.  We’re not told exactly how the Spirit revealed to Simeon that he would witness the Christ, we just know that He did.  Likewise, we don’t know how the Spirit moved him to go to the temple courts.  We just know that He did.  And when He told Simeon to move, Simeon moved.

Simeon was righteous, devout, was in communication with the Holy Spirit, and when spoken to by the Spirit, he obeyed.

I’m taking Simeon’s example to heart, today.  I’ll challenge you to do the same.

Righteous: Strive to do what you know is right.  What God has told you is right.  Especially when no one is watching.  Work to deal with your struggles, both public and secret.

Devout:  Despite what it costs, devote yourself to God.  Is the Creator and Keeper of the universe worth anything less?

In communication with the Holy Spirit:  Meditate on the fact that He is God, and He lives in you, if you’re a born-again believer.  That’s real.  Are you out of the way enough to hear from Him?  Are you focused on your own desires instead of His?

Obedient to the Holy Spirit:  Do you want to hear from Him?  What if He seeks to move you out of your comfort zone?  Or even way, way out of your comfort zone?

We don’t know what Simeon sacrificed to move the way God told him to move.  But we do know what happened at the temple courts – Simeon met the Savior of mankind.

God’s glory shines upon people who say “yes” to Him.

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