Christmas has arrived! Isn’t it true, as adults we have an easier time waiting for it than when we were kids? Yet, we must admit, as adults we don’t like waiting for much of anything else. Just ask this question at your Christmas gathering, “Does anyone here like to wait?” Nobody does.
In Luke 2 we are told that Simeon had been eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come. God had given him a promise that he would see the Messiah before he died. In an age alleged to have no prophets, the Spirit had given to him a visionary sign. And when the time came, the Spirit moved him to go to the temple. We don’t know how he recognized Jesus as The One, but clearly the Spirit was guiding him. And when he saw the Christ child, he uttered words that caused even Jesus’ parents to marvel.
“For my eyes have seen your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all nations; a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” (Luke 2:30-32)
Yes, Jesus was not only the heir to David’s throne, not only the glory of God’s people Israel, as Mary had been told, He was also a light for everyone. In an age of Roman occupation, this was a remarkable thought. But psalmists had hinted at it, and Isaiah had foretold it directly. No doubt this child’s mission would extend far beyond the citizens of Israel. God had a bigger vision and agenda than anyone expected.
He always does. In fact, whatever we envision of His work in our lives and in this world and how He might carry it out, the end result is probably much bigger than we can even imagine. Yes, He begins with small things, but He doesn’t ever end with them. And yes, His vision is greater than we can comprehend.
Like Simeon, let’s learn to believe what God sees. Wherever our vision is now, it certainly is smaller than what He wants to do through us. His plans may not be flashy or impressive to the world, but they will have far greater influence than we expected. Believe it! God’s mission is comprehensive, and we are part of it. Let’s Learn To Envision Big.
Have a glorious weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who see what He is doing and can’t wait join Him in fulfilling His promises.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)