Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Luke 2:25-30 -- On Simeon Level Spiritual Technology

"And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation"
Luke 2:25-30

This is a great story, and from it we learn that sometimes God lets us know things about our lives ahead of time, and also that when we are in tune, God can reveal important things about other people, and help us love them and see their potential without even knowing them.  If all of us got cool revelation like that, the whole world would be cooler, right?  So, how do we become more like Simeon?  Step one... we need to listen to the spirit.  We have to have a relationship with God where we have an always-on connection.  More often we are dealing, at least spiritually, with 8 baud modems and old computers with no hard drives.  We need to upgrade our spiritual technology and start praying and listening and checking that connection all the time.  Step two, we need to be attending the temple.  Simeon encounters Christ because he was in the temple, and that is where the spirit led him when it was time to fulfill the prophecy.  The house of God is where we can get a lot of important revelation.
Now, of course those two steps aren't everything, and some of them have prerequisites.  We can't go to the temple if we haven't learned to go to church, for instance.  And we can't have an always on connection with God if we aren't praying or studying our scriptures.  If we aren't ready to get a fiber connection, that's okay.  Let's just make sure the connection is actually *there* ... we can worry about speed later.  Today, wherever our spiritual technology level, let's make sure that we have a connection with God.  And as we learn to use that connection, let's make it stronger and stronger, and eventually upgrade it to Simeon level, and beyond. :)

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