SIMEON PAID ATTENTION TO GOD.
Now most people in Israel worshipped God, but very few paid attention to Him. In fact, Simeon was one of only a handful.
Today, many people in this world worship a God, but very few pay attention to Him. If you are a school teacher, you may know what I’m talking about. You may have a room full of students, but how many really pay attention to you.
God spoke to Simeon and told him he would not die until he saw the Messiah. Now for Simeon to hear that and believe that was a big deal.
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How did you find those Great Deals? Anyone care to share?
• Read the Ads
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• Sign up for special texts
Now they didn’t have Black Friday or Cyber Monday in Simeon’s Day. Advertizing and Marketing weren’t done in a major way. Even so, Simeon discovered the greatest deal of the Century!
Simeon didn’t realize the Savior of the World had entered the Temple grounds because of an email alert, ot a text. It had not been broadcast on TV. Simeon disovered the deal of the Century simply vbecasue he did something 99.9 percent of the people did not…Simeon paid attention to God.
DO YOU PAY ATTENTION TO GOD?
Most of us would raise our hand and say, yes I pay attention to God. After all. I am here in church. I do try to read my Bible at least once a week. I even pray and sing along to Christian songs. Well, two thousand years ago, everyone in the Temple when Simeon was there would have said the same thing: We pay attention to God, we go to Temple, we read the Torah, we pray and we sing. Yet look what God said happened:
9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. John 1:9-11
All those religious persons who worshipped at the Temple and paid their tithe and offered prayers missed out on the Light of God’s Presence because they were paying attention to the wrong things.
But Simeon had it right. He realized the greatest deal of the world was right before But I want to challenge you to pay attention to God this evening, and realize the greatest deal in the universe happened almost 2000 years ago, when Jesus Christ was born as a little baby boy.
HOW DO WE PAY ATTENTION TO GOD?
If we pay close attention to what Simeon said and did, I think we can learn a great deal about payong attention to God, and not missing out on His Light for our lives.
Simeon paid attention and discovered the True Light, and that Light gave him Life!
Do You Want Life? Is Life worth more than that piece of jewelry you want? Even that Cadillac you wish would be in the driveway?