This past Christmas I was reading about the Nativity story, and one line in Luke Chapter 1 stood out: Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” I’ve read that line a thousand times and always thought about “magnify” in terms of praise or thanksgiving. Mary was praising God for the incredible news that she would bear the Savior of the world. But then again, the idea of a magnifying glass came to mind. The thought occurred to me that our lives should be “magnifying” – or bringing God into clearer focus to everyone around us.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve done a pretty poor job of magnifying Jesus to people around me. Plus, I think our lives should be magnifying all things good. Do your films, books, video presentations, art, sermons, or relationships magnifying anything to people? Do they reveal things people never considered before? In many ways that’s the ultimate definition of an artist – someone who sees things that others don’t, and manages to share that vision with the world.
How about you? What is your life magnifying?