Philippians 1:20, “According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body whether by life or by death.”
Did you ever play with a magnifying glass as a kid? Sometimes, if I see one I will still take a moment or two to play with it. There is something interesting about seeing the objects enlarged through the lens. Greater details can be seen and sometimes a new perspective is gained through what is viewed.
In the later half of Philippians chapter 1 Paul is updating the believers in Philippi of his circumstances. He is imprisoned and thinking about the possibility of execution under the Romans. In verse 20 of chapter 1 Paul says that no matter what, life or death, he wants Christ to be magnified in his body. This was his goal in life. He wanted Christ to be seen through him.
Think of the idea of magnifying Christ in your life. The illustration is that when people look at your life that they see Christ “made large.” So, the question is obvious do others see Christ enlarged and in greater detail because of your life? May it be our prayer and hope that no matter what we do, or where we work, or what we say that Christ is magnified in our lives. We want him to be seen clearly through us.
Tony Myers is a fiction author and speaker. He and his wife, Charity, live in Waterloo, IA with their four children. He has studied Theology, Philosophy, and Biblical languages at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Emmaus Bible College. For more information visit his website at www.tonymyers.net or follow him on Twitter: @tony1myers