The first time I watched the American Television Singing Competition, “The Voice”, three years ago, I was amazed by the competition. I was captivated with each week’s episode; the strength of the vocals, the banter among the judges and the musical growth of the contestants as they competed to win the coveted title of “The Voice.”
It was a programme of superior quality and it was exciting to watch.
The competition has become even more intriguing this year since Jamaica’s own Tessanne Chin, “Chinita Goodaz” (as she is affectionately called), has entered the 5th Season of this competition.
Tessanne Chin who is known locally as one of Jamaica’s strongest female vocalist and recording artiste, is seeking to expand her horizons and boost her reputation at the international level.
Since the start of the 5th season of “The Voice 2013”, there has been a great sense of expectancy and excitement among Jamaicans all over the world, as each week Tessanne consistently performs well and advances closer to her goal of becoming “The Voice.” However to many she has already won that title in their hearts, with her compelling voice, vivacious personality and her caring nature.
In all of this I am amazed at the concept behind this talent competition. Of all the competitors there will only be one person who will be dubbed “The Voice”; the most outstanding musical talent within the competition. The one with the voice that appeals to millions who watch each broadcast and who will be given an opportunity to confirm their love and adoration for that voice by voting.
Over 2000 years ago there was a young man who created quite a stir everywhere he went. His voice was quite popular, not for His musical ability but for the words of knowledge, wisdom, compassion and healing that He spoke.
Jesus, the Son of God during his time on earth ensured that His voice stood out among the millixons of voices that spoke. Everywhere He went many marveled at the way He spoke; with such power and authority. His voice literally affected and transformed many lives. He even raised the dead by commanding them to wake up from their sleep! What a voice of authority He must have had!
There was an instance that was described in St John 8 where a woman was caught in the act of adultery and was about to be stoned as punishment. Jesus was the lone but bold voice that declared that anyone who was without sin should cast the first stone of judgment. Her accusers felt convicted and left her alone. Jesus did not condemn her, but with words of love and compassion He gave her another chance to live right.
Jesus was the Voice that mentored twelve young men and many other persons through His teaching and His lifestyle. He taught many how to live love in a world of evil. He taught them the Word of God and they in turn after His death and resurrection, taught (and still teach through the Books they were inspired to write in the Bible) others how to live as Christians.
Jesus was also the Prophetic Voice of His time. He spoke of many things that would happen in the future, including His own death, burial and resurrection and End Times Signs. Isn’t that awesome!?
Amazingly Jesus’ Voice abides in Christians today in the form of the Holy Spirit. “But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.” (St. John 16:13-14)
So we have the opportunity to be God’s Voice here on earth, just as Jesus effectively did so many years ago. We are fully equipped because we have an inner voice (Holy Spirit) who will direct us in being the voice of knowledge, wisdom, compassion, encouragement, prophecy and Authority that will play a role in transforming the lives of many.
So are you the voice? The voice that will declare God’s Word and affect the world? Are you the voice that will help to lead others to Christ? Are you the voice that will write books to edify and minister to the various needs of people? Are you the voice of comfort and encouragement to those who are broken hearted and weary? Are you the voice of counsel and wisdom to others who need direction and mentorship? Are you the voice of prophetic knowledge gained through visions, dreams and hearing directly from God? Are you the voice of intercession and prayer for nations and the varied situations and circumstances being faced?
Yes you are!
Don’t be fearful. Walk in God’s will for your life and be the “voice” He has called you to be! God has already voted for you!
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