This passage is full of servants of God, not the glitz and glamour celebrity type servants, the ones we instantly think of, but the ones who God knew and God declares to be faithful. The best known are Mary and Joseph, here we see them careful to observe circumcision and Jesus naming. (22)When the time comes they take Jesus down for his purification, and offer the sacrifices the law demands(24). And this little section ends with (39-40) a summary that "Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord." They are obedient parents who love God. Their obedience here is every bit as important as their obedience earlier in the chapter when they angelic visitors, but this is a more low key everyday obedience, it is devotion to God made visible in the everyday.
The lesser know servants here are Simeon and Anna. Simeon is described as "righteous and devout", he has lived waiting, trusting God's word, expectant that he would see the Messiah. He waits, he listens, he obeys, he rejoices in the coming of the Saviour. A quiet everyday one foot after the other obedience. And Anna is devoted to God, she never left the temple but worshipped God day and night. Another day by day servant.
And what is it that unites all these everyday servants of God, what inspires such devotion? This child, Jesus. God's salvation made man. The one who comes to reveal hearts, yet who will cause his mother great heartache as he goes to the cross. The one worthy of such devotion.
We often think obedience, devotion is seen in the big moments, the big decisions. Perhaps this is a reminder that our everyday decision matter just as much to God. How is my everyday faithfulness? Am I keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus, the one for whom such devotion is his due? Is my every day centred around faithfulness to him who was and is faithful to me?