We read in St. Luke chapter 2 of a man named Simeon who was at the dedication ceremony for the Christ-child. Simeon was a man of God. The bible says that the Holy Ghost was on him and revealed to him that he would not leave this world until he had seen the Glory of God in Jesus. He had waited for years for this promise to come to pass. Then one day he heard that Jesus had been born and was on His way to the temple for His own dedication.
Just give me Jesus! We read of how, when the baby was brought in by His parents, Simeon held the child up and blessed God because he had now seen the Glory in the person of Jesus. That was the moment he had lived for. He waited and longed for the promise of God to be fulfilled and on this day, he was not disappointed. He didn't give up at any time during his wait. He prayed, served God, and waited.
The modern church could take a lesson from Simeon. We don't have the steadfastness to hold on and believe God for years on end. We get so impatient waiting for even a sandwich to be made. We get impatient waiting in line at the bank. Simeon waited for years just to see Jesus, the Glory of God. He did not allow anything, or anyone to deter him from his chief desire. But, us? We get discouraged so easily if things don't happen exactly when and how we want them to.
Just give me Jesus! It's time for us to get a Simeon spirit about us. By that, I mean that we need to stand up tall and make up our mind that nothing will hinder us from receiving the promises of God. Yes, we're saved and on our way to heaven. But we aren't totally convinced that the promises spoken of in the Word of God are for us. We can believe for other people to be healed. We can believe for someone else's relative to be saved. But we have trouble believing it for ourselves.
We see others prospering in life and wonder why it's not us that are riding down easy street. We see others getting healed and wonder why we haven't gotten our healing. That's because of what I said in the preceding paragraph. We don't completely believe the Word of God for ourselves. And why, you may ask, do we not believe it? We don't fully believe because we haven't totally sold out to Jesus the Christ, the Glory of God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We haven't fully sold out to the life-giver, the way-maker, the chain-breaker and the peace-speaker. And until we devote ourselves totally to Him, our faith will continue to fall short of where it needs to be.
The bible tells us that faith can move mountains. We tend to view the mountains from a pretty good distance away and by the time we get to it, we have convinced ourselves that it's too big for us to overcome. If we were to learn a lesson from Joshua and the Israelites at Jericho, the closer we get to the mountain the stronger our faith would be, and we could just shout that mountain out of our way. But we will never be able to do that until we sell out to Jesus. He should be our number one priority in life. Every day when we wake up, He should be the first name we call out. His praises should continually be in our mouth, no matter the situation. If we would develop that lifestyle, no mountain would be safe. No enemy would be able to stand before us. We must get back to our first love. Just give me Jesus!
Submitted By: Scott Evans
I am a pastor, teacher, author, father, and grandfather who loves to encourage others with the Word of God. Whether it be by spoken word, the written word, or a living testimony, my desire is to see others grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.