I read this in a new context. I always think of “magnify” in terms of “worship”, “praise,” or “exalt.” But this fall I did a unit I called “Looking Closer” with the kids at school. It encouraged stopping and peering at the tiniest bits of creation and how it is artfully designed. I put a variety of photos on a bulletin board with a magnifiying glass so they could look really close.
And this made me think…how am I a magnifying glass for Christ? If Christ is in my heart am I enlarging, boosting, maximizing, amplifying (synonyms are so fantastic!) how others see faith? God? Jesus?
Or do they see an exaggeration and hypocrite?
If we are a lens to how people see Christians we must make sure we are enhancing the life of Jesus by emulating his life and teachings.