Chapter 5: The Dedication

January 21, 2007

“To the astonished priest, Simeon appears like a man enraptured. The child has been returned to Mary, and he takes it in his arms and presents it to God, while a joy that he has never before felt enters his soul.” DA44

Men dedicate many things. A few dedicate by the Holy Spirit as Simeon did; so enraptured by what God brings to consciousness that others get lost trying to understand. Such is the scene when the newly dedicated Jesus is lifted to God again by Simeon, confounding the priest who has just finished the ceremony. The first, was liturgically precise, and the second beautifully out of order. The difference was not of form but of depth, and Simeon simply knew what he was holding. Do you know what your holding? I think it’s our hearts he wants?

“So it is still. Events upon which the attention of all heaven is centered are undiscerned, their very occurrence is unnoticed, by religious leaders, and worshipers in the house of God. Men acknowledge Christ in history, while they turn away from the living Christ.” DA45

What are we missing? I can’t imaging that we have it all together compared with Ellen White’s day. The face of Christianity in this culture has had a nose job, cheeks lifted, and is cosmoed up in the latest fashion. I don’t trust it, and fear that I myself have many years of discipline before I will have the spiritual recognition of Simeon. How do we get there? I don’t believe it’s by regulation of our behaviors, nor by assent to emotional heights in worship. I do believe that it is the work of God and that all the components needed to be of such sensitivity to Him have already been gifted and are receivable in Christ:

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.Eph. 1:3.

Every spiritual blessing is a lot of blessings. What are those things that can make us so sensitive that we see past religious form, the smell of poverty, and culture expectations? How do we come to dedicate our own hearts to God?

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