Did you ever play with a magnifying glass growing up? There is something mystical about the ability to focus the sun’s rays enough to make grass and paper smoulder. I don’t know that a fire ever resulted, but it was fun trying.
There’s power involved when things are focussed. The power to cause fire, but also the power to make decisions, to accomplish tasks and to create and celebrate.
Last week, like many of us, I experienced ‘church’ as an online occasion involving pretty much a ‘regular’ church service compressed into a live or pre-recorded internet event. I’m pretty sure there’s a great potential for something different to come from a movement of Christ followers who have been uprooted from their normal weekly corporate worship routine but, for now, canned church in an online box is a typical worship scene.
One of the worship songs that was played in my church experience last week was Christ be Magnified by Cody Carnes. The opening verse says, “were creation suddenly articulate…we’d hear Christ be magnified.” That’s beautify imagery of focussing the sounds of creation and recognizing the ultimate magnification of Christ.
Picking up on yesterday’s theme of love and music, you have to wonder what would happen if we consistently raised up and magnified Christ’s name and declared God’s glory – not ours. It’s not about us, it’s not about our situation. It’s about magnifying the name of Christ in all that we do. It’s about living out the love and mercy that God has and continues to bestow upon us.
Christ is the author of our life – let’s magnify Him. What does that look like? How do we magnify Christ? Maybe it has something to do with the Joy with which we live our life. Perhaps it’s related to the Kindness with which we relate with other. It’s the outpouring of God’s Love in all we do.
Students, families and staff all striving together to magnify Christ would be powerful. I’m not someone who strives for a utopian experience but, somewhere deep inside, I think that might be it. Covid 19 and all, let Christ be magnified in us today. Our hearts can still be singing, still be magnifying Christ in messiness, misery, muddiness, murkiness and more. It can and will burn through this present darkness.
Blessings on the journey ahead.