I’ve often heard the phrase ‘magnify one’s calling’ and immediately associated this with the wonderful lenses we have in our modern era. Then last week I decided to look up the origin of the word and it turns out magnify has nothing to do with lenses.
My quest started from Joshua 3:7
And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.
The word magnify in the Bible predates our current use of the word. The Bible was completed in 1611, but it wasn’t until about 1660 that the verb was used In reference to lenses and making an object appear larger. Now the lens application is predominant in our lexicon, but the word at the time of the biblical text refers more to the concept of “glorifying, esteem greatly, extol, make much of”. There is also the concept of nobility in the term. It is a calling to live up to the nobility of our divine birthright.
To magnify our calling is to do the work of the Lord standing in His place with the full inheritance of the authority of our divine nature. It is an opportunity to be like God.
Christ’s ability to share this message succintly in Matthew, now has new meaning.
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.