—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Baptist Church
Sometimes you are a magnifying glass. Other times, you may have to assume the role of binoculars, microscope, or prism. God has placed you here on earth to focus on Him, magnify Him, and reflect His glory to a watching world.
Our text for 2017 is John 3:30 which states that Jesus must increase, but we must decrease. When you assume the role of a lense, you decrease. Nobody looks at the lense of a telescope, they look at the stars. The look through the lense. The lense ironically becomes invisible. The glory of the Lord is supposed to shine through us, even in spite of us.
We become lenses through our words and actions. Like the lenses on both sides of a telescope, our thoughts and actions have to be in sync or the image of God becomes blurred to an onlooking world. Words are good, and actions are good but both need to be in sync for maximum magnification and a clear image.
There are two verses I want to show you. (Actually, you should do a full blown Bible study on this topic of magnifying Christ. It will amaze you!) Here’s the first verse. It’s a quote from Mary magnifying the Lord with words and rejoicing, when she was pregnant with Christ:
Luke 1:46-47 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
And here’s the king and mighty warrior David.
Psalms 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
Let’s take David up on his offer. Let’s magnify the Lord with him. Let’s exalt His name together. Let’s magnify Christ in our words and actions today, because…
HE MUST INCREASE!