We Never Lose Purpose – Luke 2:36-38
Reading plan for this week: Luke 2:22-40
Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:36-38)
In the account of Jesus dedication at the temple, Luke points out a woman named Anna. In only two verses we learn a great deal about this woman:
- She was a prophetess
- She was the daughter of Phanuel
- She was born into the tribe of Asher
- She has experienced loss, as she was a widow
- She was old (she was either 84 years old, or had been a widow for 84 years)
- She spent a great deal of time, day and night, at the temple fasting and praying
- She heard from God
- She told people about Jesus:
And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. (vs 38)
There are a a lot of things we could learn from Anna, but one in particular that I want to point out: We never lose purpose in Christ.
I think of the prophet Samuel, who was used greatly by the Lord as the prophet of Israel, yet when that season of his life concluded, Samuel didn’t stop serving God. He became head of a school of prophets (1 Samuel 19:20), where he trained up the next generation of prophets to serve the Lord.
Saints – No matter what position we have in life, no matter what our age, no matter what type of loss we may have experienced, just like Anna, God always has purpose for us in His kingdom.
We can change the world, one life at a time…