At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. (Luke 2:25-27a NLT)
Jophiel, an angel in my novel, Denial of the Enemy, helped my leading lady, Riyel. He fixed a plumbing leak and the resulting mess, playing a part in her redemption. God sent an angel because Riyel had no one in her life who followed God. Angels serve God with excitement, worshiping and helping those who will receive salvation. Jophiel was more thrilled to meet Riyel than Jessica Alba because God asked him to take part in Riyel’s redemption.
Mary and Joseph were young teenagers, so God needed one like an angel to introduce Baby Jesus at the temple. God chose his faithful servant, Simeon, and told him he wouldn’t die until he saw the Messiah. Eager to help, Simeon prepared for the moment the Holy Spirit urged him to the temple. Can you imagine how excited Simeon was to hold Baby Jesus and present him as the world’s Redeemer?
Do we serve God with excitement, worship, preparation, and assistance?