Luke 2:21-39

Luke 2:21-39

We have been given a phenomenal gift, we have been given a phenomenal blessing, and that blessing wasn't just give for us to hold onto and keep for ourselves, but to share with as many as would receive it.I believe that God…presents blessings to each one of us every day. We walk down the street, we walk out of our home, and we look out into a world that’s lost, and right before us are blessings waiting to be recognized… We miss blessings every day. We close our eyes to the phenomenal things that God wants to do to us and for us every day, even though the Holy Spirit indwells us…

How do we receive the blessings that God gives us when He gives them to us? Are we excited and filled with joy when we recognize that we’ve been blessed? Or is it, “Ho-hum, another blessing. Yep, that’s what God’s supposed to do, right? That’s His job to bless us, so okay, let’s move on.” We need to start getting excited about the things that God does for us! You know, when we get excited, when we recognize the blessings that are poured out on us that are given to us, and we become excited about it, other people around us become excited, and then they, too, want the blessing. They, too, want to interact. You know why it is so hard to save a lost and dying world out there right now? Because of how we present ourselves and our enthusiasm for the things of God…

I think so often, we expect God to bless us, so much so that we make it part of our legalism that we live by. And because we tell God that He must do this or He must do that for us, that we set some kind of standard by which God has to live in order to fulfill our lives, that we can’t become excited, and pretty soon we stop recognizing when He does bless us. Pretty soon we start walking right past the blessing even though it’s staring us right in the face.

And this blessing…was a blessing of salvation which was prepared in the sight of all people. This blessing was meant for all men to see and know. It’s a light of revelation to the Gentiles. We no longer have to be separated from God and live in sin because it has been revealed to us that there is a Savior for us! That we, too, can have this God of love that Israel has claimed to have for centuries. It’s no longer just for the Jews anymore. Salvation belongs to the world…

You know why we’re not at peace? Because we close our eyes to the blessings that God puts right in front of us. We miss peace in our life because Jesus does not mean to us what Jesus is supposed to mean to us. He is meant to be a light for us, a revelation to us, and salvation that brings us into the presence of His Father. But we handle it like we do a chocolate chip cookie or a piece of candy. We take it, we gobble it down, and go on our way. “Oh yea, it was a good cookie. Can’t wait to get more. But if I don’t get any, I’m not going to suffer so much for it.” And I know a lot of people who have this attitude when it comes to their relationship with Jesus Christ. “Oh, yeah, I’ve got the salvation, and I’m looking forward to some more salvation down the road.” It doesn’t work that way! Salvation comes and becomes part of you, and then every breath you take from that moment on is a testimony of God’s faithfulness and love for you. Every breath you take needs to be offered back with praise on your lips because, guess what? You’re not going to hell! You’re not going to be separated from God the Father. You no longer have to live in darkness. Darkness is not where God intends for us to live. So when you ask Jesus in, when you finally come to that place of realizing Who Jesus truly is and what He was meant to do, you need to be excited. And every moment of the day, remember and realize the great blessing you have just received…

You know, we don’t have to get involved with legalisms today, not like they did back then, but as parents, we do have an obligation to the Lord, if we’re a Christian, to make sure that our kids have been offered the knowledge and the ability so that they can make right decisions. But even more than that…we need to be very vocal and open about our salvation and our desire to see salvation; to offer that enthusiasm and that excitement that God brings because He is interacting in your heart. We have been given a phenomenal gift, we have been given a phenomenal blessing, and that blessing wasn’t just given for us to hold on to and keep for ourself, but to share with as many as would receive it from us, with as many that would take the time to stop and hear us…

If you know that you have been loved by God, that love will begin to show. People will recognize it. There is something different about you, something different in your heart. They will see the peace… They will notice the little differences about you that they do not see in anybody else. And if you’re truly excited because you have salvation, you have something different than even what a lot of Christians have today or what they choose to display in their life. We get so wrapped up in our own little world, our own little problems, our own little desires, our own little whims, that we forget that we’ve been blessed! And we have a great opportunity to be together and fellowship together and be excited together, and then step out into a lost and dying world together, and become a place where people will say, “I want to go there! Those guys are bubbling over. They have something I need and want…”

Jesus isn’t dead. He is alive and His Spirit is vibrant and living within us, and we need to be excited about that, and we need to step forward and share that joy and that excitement, and we need to embrace it… We need to walk in and embrace the blessing of Who Jesus is in our life, and then openly, in front of everybody, share that joy and that excitement, and then see how Jesus grows in us. See how that blessing begins to work its way from us into the lives of other people.

Dave Elkins

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