Magnifying Him

According to my earnest expectation, and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

Philippians 1:20

This is a thought that was given at church a while back and one that I had never thought of.  “…So now also Christ shall be magnified in my body.”  Christ should be magnified in all of our bodies and in all of our lives.  That really should be what the entire Christian life is about- magnifying Him.  I would, of course, agree with that statement, but I had never really given much thought to what it really means.

To magnify something does not mean to make the object larger- the object of magnification stays the same size it always was. When we magnify Christ, we aren’t making Him “bigger” or more powerful; He is already all-powerful.  Magnifying something simply makes it easier to see.  To magnify Christ in our lives means to make Him easier to see.  When we aren’t living for Him and walking with Him, we are minimizing Him in our lives and making harder for others to see Him in us.  When someone looks at us, they should immediate see Christ.  We should magnify Him to the point that people see Him and not us.  John 3:30 says “He must increase, but I must decrease”.  Let us magnify Him so that others can easily see Him through us!

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