“He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord …” John 1:23
V is for voice. Voice means a sound coming from vocal utterance. Have you ever had such a bad sore throat that you did not want to talk … and wished that you and everyone you know knew sign language? Well, I have. But, what a quiet world it would be if no one could use their voice.
God made our bodies, did He not? God also made us with vocal chords to be able to speak, to sing, and to make sound. So, what would happen, I wonder, if we all decided that we would not use our voice? Yes, God has given it to me … but I just do not feel like using it today, it is too much trouble, or it is my voice and I will use it when and how I want to. Ding, ding! Is your bell ringing?
Do we need a gentle reminder today that our bodies and our voices are not our own? I Corinthians 6:19-20 so clearly assures us of this … “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
At the Christian Writer’s Workshop a couple of weeks ago, Sister De shared with us about “The Power of One Anointed Voice.” She spoke about John the Baptist and the voice that he was as “ONE crying in the wilderness.” What did he cry (proclaim)? To “make straight the way of the Lord!” How many were crying? Only ONE … you and God make a majority!
How refreshing to hear one proclaiming forth Christ instead of self! I get so frustrated and discouraged when I’m on social media and see people post so much about self or share quotes that sound good and make you feel all fuzzy inside, yet are totally misleading and are not even biblical. Be careful, my friend, at what voice you are proclaiming! Make straight the paths of righteousness.
The paths of this life can be so twisted and jumbled without adding more to it to confuse and deceive. The devil does a good enough job of that on his own. Let us not be his puppet or tool. I would love to turn the tables on the devil. Would you? I know that I am not the only one who is proclaiming God’s truth every day on social media, but there should be more of us … in fact, EACH and every one of us has an accountability to God to be a voice for Him!! Whoa! Did I just say that EVERY single one of us needs to be proclaiming every single day? Yes, I did!
Lesson Objective: Think about this … if you are not proclaiming God’s truth on social media (which is very simple to do), who are you proclaiming it to?
I want to encourage and challenge you to post one verse every single day in the month of September on social media. You must type it out or you can use a picture with a verse, but it must NOT be shared from another’s timeline. Then tag me in that post. The world needs to hear our voices … as “one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord …” Will you do this, my friend?
Will you pass or will you fail?