Magnification: Introduction

I recently heard a little analogy about glorifying God that goes something like this:

There are two ways to magnify. You can use a microscope or a telescope. A microscope makes something teeny weeny look bigger than it really is. But a telescope makes something huge yet small to the naked eye look more like its actual size. We were created to “use a telescope” to magnify God.

Let’s take a moment to think about this. God is huge. He is great in both a figurative and literal sense. He has no beginning and no end, for He is the beginning and end, the Alpha and Omega.

But to the world (in this case, the naked eye) God is seen as small and man is seen as ginormous. In the world, it is all about man– magnifying, beautifying, and maximizing. To many people, God is seen as this mystical god who could care less about people and who makes bad things happen to decent people– that is, if He even exists at all. Oh, this couldn’t be farther from the truth! Some have said that one reason for atheism is the way people who claim to be Christians live.

How do these kind of people live? They live for themselves. They live like the world, like those who are not Christians. They may claim they believe in God, but they don’t live like it.

This reminds me of the story of Aladdin. You know, the guy with the flying carpet and magic Genie? Yup, that’s him. Aladdin was so convinced that the only way he could get what he wanted (Princess Jasmine’s love) was to become a prince. He deceived himself, Jasmine, the whole country of Agraba. Upon entering the capital, he rode an elephant in a parade where this (dreadfully long and repetitive) self-glorifying song was sung and danced to. He wanted to make himself, and actual street-rat, made bigger in the eyes of Jasmine. And you know what? It backfired on him! Instead of winning Jasmine’s heart right away, he got the fiery anger of a madman, Jafar and disappointment when he learned that because Jasmine found out who he was, he still couldn’t marry her.

You see, our friend Al lived like a microscope. How do you live? What is your life proclaiming about God and anything concerning Him?



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