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Simeon and Anna

(Luke 2:22,25-38)

Lesson 5 -- first quarter 1997
December 29, 1996

by Mark Roth
© Copyright 1996, Christian Light Publications

"Thy servant." Can you begin to imagine how special it will be to serve the Lord Himself in the new earth or in the New Jerusalem or in the new heaven or in all of the above?! To stand in His presence, awaiting His beck and call, doing His bidding--fantastic! What a thrill to have the Almighty tell me to do some specific thing for Him! "I can hardly wait!" (Hmmm. Maybe so. Perhaps you'd better read on a little further first.)

Does the scene in that first paragraph strike you as too futuristic? Perhaps your sights set "a little lower" and closer to this life. You yearn for the privilege of being the Lord's servant as a minister, evangelist, deacon, missionary or the wife of one of these. What an honor that would be! What blessing, what glory! You have a holy envy of those who have already attained to these "good things." You chafe at having to wait, fearing that you just might not ever get to present yourself as "Thy servant" before the Lord in this way. "When will my time come?!" (You really feel that way? Maybe so. Keep reading.)

You don't need to wait to be "Thy servant" till your eyes behold the Altogether Lovely One. Thankfully, you needn't wait until you are given a charge by the church. I've got terrific news for you: You can quit waiting and start serving right now! Look at the verses below and then look around you. Don't miss your abundant opportunities to be the servant of the Lord.

"...Ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake" (2 Corinthians 4:5).

"...By love serve one another" (Galatians 5:13).

"...I made myself servant unto all" (1 Corinthians 9:19).

"Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification" (Romans 15:2).

"And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant" (Matthew 20:27).

"...We ought to lay down our lives for the brethren" (1 John 3:16).

"And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you" (2 Corinthians 12:15).

"...They have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints" (1 Corinthians 16:15).

"...This woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did" (Acts 9:36).

"Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality" (Romans 12:13).

"...She hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also" (Romans 16:2).

"For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you" (2 Corinthians 9:1).

There, my friend, is the shoe rack. Look carefully and meticulously. Somewhere on it you will find shoes precisely your size. Don't miss them! When you find them, put them on without delay. Don't dally and complain; don't compare what you have with what you wanted or with what the person next to you got. Get them on and get walking!

"For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister" (Hebrews 6:10).

"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matthew 25:40).

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