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Weekly Devotionals

Christ Be Magnified In Me

32 “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” – John 12:32

30”He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30

Just this past Sunday we sang as a church the words “Christ Be Magnified In Me.” These words are the heart cry of every follower of Jesus Christ. A beckon every believer seeks to live out in their daily lives.

We proclaim these words freely on Sunday but prohibit its display consistently throughout the week. It is not merely for lack of opportunity or because we have forgotten scripture per say. Living like Christ can become exhausting when our only image of Jesus is developed from amazing impossible things.

Walking on water, healing the sick, raising the dead, suffering in silence, accepting betrayal, casting out demons, fasting for 40 days, multiplying food and loving his enemies. Jesus did do all these things but lifting up Christ in your life is not mainly about those things. This was a lesson that I had to be reminded of this past week at my great friend’s, Albert Lin, celebration of life.

Albert was 36yrs old when the Lord called him home to be in the great cloud of witnesses. His life magnified Christ so much so that as he lifted up Christ, all men were drawn to him. There was just something about Albert that was great. This was the echo that I would hear time and time again talking to many of the hundreds of people that came to celebrate his life. What these people saw as great was not Albert but Christ in his life.

“The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have been mastered by many things, but who have been mastered by a few great things.” -Piper

I believe this was true about Albert and can be true of us. There were two simple things about Jesus that Albert demonstrated consistently in life that made a lasting impact on more people than we will truly know. He didn’t heal the sick or multiply food to point people to Christ. It was the way that he talked to people. He made them feel like they truly mattered. Jesus did that too. So can we.

The other thing that Albert did often was share a meal with people. He would invite friends, co-workers, family, church members and even strangers to eat. Jesus loved sharing a meal because it was where people shared life. Let us invite someone out this week to share a meal and speak life into them.

Imagine the transformation that could take place in all your relationships; work, home, friends and family, if we could use these two simple things as a means to lift up Christ.

As Pastor Tony preached in his sermon series on Living in Grace, let us not make this an expectation to live like Christ, but may it be an invitation to live in Christ and magnify his name. Christ is the one drawing everyone to himself even through something as simple as meal at lunch.