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All Christians can properly welcome Jesus by following the HEARTS of Simeon and Anna

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Children’s message toys are fun, but a life spent after God is of value
Intro
Wasting life
It has been said that what the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies
Guard your heart above all ()
The question put before us as we examine the lives of two people whose hearts were prepared to receive Jesus in his fullness, is where are our hearts? Do our hearts mirror what we see in Simeon and Anna, our culture, or just our own desires?
Luke 2:22–38 ESV
And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
luke 2:22-
HEART of WAITING (25-26)
Simeon loved God enough to wait
HEART of PEACE (27-32)
Simeon did not cling to life/stuff
Paul better to stay or go ()
Philippians 1:20–24 ESV
as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
HEART of TRUTH (33-35)
Simeon spoke truth when hard
We don’t always make people happy by telling them the truth, but that shouldn’t stop us
Galatians 4:16 ESV
Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?
HEART of SACRIFICE (36-37)
Anna gave her life to God’s purposes
“You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing.” ― John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life
“You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing.” ― John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life
(emphasis on 17-19)
Conclusion: HEART of EVANGELISM (38)
Anna’s devotion spilled into declaration
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The measure of our hearts: Is the gospel spilling out of our lives into the lives of those in darkness?
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