What Are You Magnifying?

Philippians 1:20 “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.”
Interesting thing about a magnifying glass; it is one of the few things you don’t look at, but you look through.  A magnifying glass can be a simple piece of plastic or a fancy one with a brass handle and multiple embedded lenses, and yet you don’t look at the magnifier, you look at something else through it so that it becomes bigger.   The ethos (which means way of thinking) of our day is that we want everyone to look at us.  We want to be magnified.  Fame and the fortune that comes with it is behind every competition and reality TV show. People are feverishly posting, tweeting, and tagging to get fame and followers so that they can feel good about themselves.  The rationale is that popularity equals validation.  If I’m popular then I must be right and I have value.  Well, if you want to be a carnal, self-centered, egotistical narcissist, then go ahead and jump on that band wagon, because the rest of the world is! By extreme contrast, Paul had the driving passion in him to make Jesus bigger to everyone.  He wasn’t interested in garnering fame or fortune, he was grateful to be saved, he was humbled to be called; and so, he used the entirety of his saved life to point people to Jesus.  The story is told of someone who went to hear the great preacher, Charles Spurgeon, who lived about a hundred years ago.  After the church service, Pastor Spurgeon greeted this visitor to his church and asked him how he enjoyed the service.  The visitor gushed about how great the service was and what a fantastic speaker and preacher, Mr. Spurgeon, was.  Much to the guest’s surprise, Mr. Spurgeon was most upset with this for Pastor Spurgeon felt that he had failed to point the man to Jesus and not himself.  As Christians it should be our goal to magnify Jesus to everyone.  Let’s make a big deal about Jesus, because He is the only one worth making a big deal about!

Pastor Robert Pophal

Rose Park Baptist Church| Holland MI