Will You Magnify the Lord? (Luke 1:46-47) – PART 1
Luke 1:46-47, And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
What’s evident is the utter humility of Mary. Mary was thrilled with what the Lord had done for her. All she could do was magnify the Lord over what had happened. Her very soul and inner being magnified and praised the Lord. She sought zero acclaim. She found great rejoicing in the Lord her Saviour. Mary's firsthand experience with God prompted her to magnify Him.
If you already have possession of a magnifying glass, or the next time you use one, may this devotion remind you of how we should magnify the Lord. There are great lessons we can learn from studying a magnifying glass.
Below are at least six ways we can magnify the Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Purpose of the Magnifier:
The purpose of a magnifying lens is to enable objects that are small, or very far away, to the eye to be seen up close. Ironically, this is our purpose as Christians. I Corinthians 10:31, Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. As children of the Lord, we have a purpose of magnifying Jesus Christ so that He who is far away in Heaven, and basically unknown, or invisible to the lost, can be revealed by our lives by having a close walk with Him. Those who are without Jesus in their hearts are spiritually blind. By magnifying Christ and sharing the Gospel, we provide an opportunity for people to be saved and get to know Him. Our lives as Christians are to be like the magnifying glass. We all are to be magnifiers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Power of the Magnifier:
The greater the bend in the lens, the greater it leads to stronger, or more powerful, magnification. John 3:30, He must increase, but I must decrease. A flatter, or less curvature, lens yields less magnification. What a great truth for us! The more we bend to His will and kneel to the LORD, the greater we will magnify Jesus Christ.
3. Plan of the Magnifier:
Matthew 5:14, 16, Ye are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. A magnifying glass is doing no good as long as it is in the secretary’s desk, or on the shelf. It is only doing its job when it’s in a hand. Only at this time is it fulfilling the purpose for which it was made. If we are to be a useful magnifier of the Lord, we must be willing to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.
Prayer, Lord, I desire to magnify You. You have proven time and time again that Your presence puts everything else in a different light. Even through the admittedly imperfect lens of my life, may others watching catch a glimpse of Your greatness. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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