You may not feel like a gifted writer, speaker, or preacher and have serious doubts your words would ever make a difference in someone else’s life.
You may not have framed degrees hanging on your wall, a fancy title, or expensive letters listed after your name.
But let me cut to the chase right now: Your voice matters.
Very much so.
11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. ~Revelation 12:11a
If the words of our testimony are prophesied to be powerful enough to triumph over satan, then they’re certainly powerful enough for God to use for ministry right now.
Here are 3 reasons why your voice matters and why you should start speaking up:
Both, the world and the Body of Christ, desperately need to see real people struggling with real life junk and know there’s a real God who will never leave them or forsake them.
So many times we think our “Christian witness” is to pretend our lives are always wonderful and perfect because we have Jesus.
We fear that if people knew we were so imperfect and our lives were often a mess, we would lose our credibility to guide our friends and family to Christ.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Witnessing is about honesty and transparency. It’s about proclaiming God’s love, forgiveness, and grace in the midst of our messy, imperfect, and awkward lives.
If you’re living through a season of joy, then be joyful and speak up about how Jesus is the reason.
If you’re in pain, grieving, or struggling then be honest about how you feel, but also use your voice to talk about how God is still with you, providing peace beyond understanding.
If you’ve mess up, be transparent. Speak of God’s forgiveness and of your reconciliation with those you’ve wronged.
Use your voice to testify that God still loves and still pursues you in spite of your sin.
You could be the catalyst for other people to tell their story
Sometimes it takes one brave survivor to tell their story for other survivors to come forward because they no longer feel ashamed, isolated, or alone.
Part of the healing process is talking about it.
Giving a voice to other people’s pain could help them in their healing as well.
If only one person’s life is transformed by Jesus as a result of your testimony, then it’s worth it.
Whether you’re meant to reach one person or a hundred million, God has a plan to use your background, childhood, experiences, or present circumstances to speak His redemptive love into someone’s life.
God wants to use you as a tool to speak life.
Start a blog or a YouTube channel, speak at a church or conference, serve in or start a ministry, or maybe even write a book. Pray about it and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in choosing a platform.
Overall, never underestimate the impact your voice will have through your story of pain and healing.
Never stop using your voice to proclaim thankfulness for blessings and impossible joy only found through Jesus.
Never forget to witness with your voice through lessons learned and forgiveness found.
Don’t get caught up in comparing your voice with another or feeling inadequate.
Speak up and tell of the wonders God has done in your life.
Because your voice matters.