by Ron Dunn

One Purpose
Ron Dunn
Philippians 1:20

If God is going to use you, Sunday School teacher, deacon, Christian, you must choose one great purpose in life. I think the great purpose that every Christian ought to have for his life is the purpose that Paul revealed in the twentieth verse of Philippians, chapter one.

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

What is the one absorbing purpose? That Christ shall be magnified in my body. To me, I cannot think of any greater purpose in life than that. That ought to be the sole and chief purpose of any Christian, no matter his calling. I hope you understand that I am not talking about a preacher, a missionary, an evangelist; I'm talking about you-the Christian. The one great purpose of his life should be: Christ shall be magnified in my body.

What does it mean for Christ to be magnified in my body? Notice he is talking about in my body. The body refers naturally to the everyday life, to my conduct, to my behavior. He doesn't say that Christ may be magnified in my preaching. He was, and he ought to be. In 1 Corinthians 2, he says, I determine not to know anything among you save Christ and him crucified. Christ was magnified in his preaching but that's not what Paul is talking about here. He doesn't say that Christ may be magnified in my writings. He was. What Paul says is that Christ may be magnified in my body-my everyday life, the way I talk, the way I eat, the way I behave myself, the way I work. When Paul was making tents while living in Ephesus, he said, I want Christ to be magnified in my body-even while I am making tents. The physical, everyday life-not just the religious life. I heard a young evangelist say a remarkable thing after he came to the realization of some deeper things in his life. He said, I lived in Sunday in the Spirit, and I lived ...

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