Will You Magnify the Lord? (Luke 1:46-47) – PART 2
Luke 1:46-47, And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
This is Part 2 and the conclusion of the devotion. If you need to refer to Part 1, look to yesterday’s devotion.
4. Path of the Magnifier:
Most magnifying glasses usually have a handle on them. The handle gives the owner the ability to use the lens to magnify what he desires. It enables him to take it wherever he needs it. In the same manner, our lives are to be this way. God can use you to magnify Jesus Christ if you will yield to the control of the hand of God. By submitting to His control, direction and will, He will put you where you need to be. You will be willing to go wherever He directs and leads you. The Lord is willing and able to take you to places and to people that perhaps only you can reach for Him. Are you available to Him? That’s what a magnifier of God does. Psalm 32:8, I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. By humbling and submitting yourself to the Lord, you will have greater ability to magnify God. In turn, God will magnify you as you magnify Him.
5. Purity of the Magnifier:
Notice if the lens is smeared with dirt it is not going to be as much help to you. It is very difficult to use any dirty magnifying glass because the view is smeared, or distorted. When the magnifying glass is clean it is consistent with its purpose and use for you. This is why it is so important to keep the lens clean so that the magnification is clear and the glass is effective. In the same manner, if you are going to effectively magnify Jesus Christ with your life, it is critical that your life is clean. I Corinthians 6:20, For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Sin issues need to be dealt with and conquered in your life so that people will be focused on the Lord and not your sins and imperfections. Bearing spiritual fruit in your personal character and in your witness for Christ will help you immensely to magnify Him.
6. Praise of the Magnifier:
Those who magnify the Lord also have a desire to point others to Him so that they will magnify Him, too. Magnifiers enjoy worshiping and honoring God with others. They do not compete in their worship, they complement one another in worship and praise. Magnifiers develop close relationships with other believers who love to magnify God. Their love for Christ generates a love for Christians. In fact, a great verse for Christian friends, a church family, or a husband and wife and their family is Psalm 34:3. Psalm 34:3, O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. May God’s praise be upon our lips continually and consistently. May we spend each day magnifying HIM!
Perhaps the next time you use a magnifying glass this devotion will remind you of how we should magnify the Lord.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as Mary’s desire was to magnify and praise You, so is my desire. Guide my steps that I may encounter others who need to know You. Help me to humble myself that they may see You in me. I will magnify You and praise You before all others when given the opportunity. In Jesus name, Amen!
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