“He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.”
John did not define what kind of voice he was; he just said that he was the “voice of one.” He didn’t say if he was a loud voice, or a quiet voice, he just said that he was a voice. He didn’t say if he was the voice of multitudes or a few; he just said that he was a “voice of one.” John was more interested in being a voice for His Saviour more than he was in being the leader of a movement. John understood the power of one voice, and he wanted to use his voice to help to proclaim the Saviour’s message, even if that voice was only being preached in the wilderness.
The need of this day is not for God’s people to become politicians, millionaires, or sports stars, but the need is for every believer to be a voice for God. John was just one voice, but he allowed his one voice to be heard, and though in his lifetime he never saw the impact of his one voice, we see the impact today of what his voice did as we read the Scriptures. Several things this verse teaches about the need for your voice.
First, God needs voices. In a day when many voices are so angry, God needs voices that will proclaim His message of peace to a lost and dying world. God needs every believer to understand the importance of using their voice to tell His message to this world.
Second, you are one voice, but God wants your voice. We think that our voice is so little that it won’t matter if we use it for Christ, but you must understand that God wants your voice. The fact that God wants to use your voice for His cause should be your honor to use it for Him.
Third, every voice can make up an army of voices. If every believer used their voice to speak for Christ, there would be an army of voices proclaiming the same Gospel message. The reason it seems so strange when one voice is being heard is because there are not enough voices speaking. The need of the world could be reached if every person added their voice to the chorus of voices already speaking. A choir is not made up of one voice, but many. The power of a choir special is felt because of the number of voices singing the same song. Imagine the army of voices that could be heard across the world if every believer used their voice for Christ, no matter how big or small their voice may be.
Fourth, a voice that is silent is another void of truth not being proclaimed. When you choose not to use your voice for Christ, that area where your voice would be heard will be destitute of truth because you are not using your voice for Christ. God placed you where you are with your voice because He knew you could reach those around you with your voice. It would be sad that those in your world would never hear God’s truth because you don’t use your voice for Christ.
My friend, you may think your voice is not being heard, but it is. You may think your voice is speaking to a wilderness, but there are more ears that hear your voice than what you will ever realize. It is not a matter of how many people hear your voice, but it is the need for your voice to be heard. For what are you using your voice? Don’t let your voice be a tool for the world’s message, but use your voice to be a tool to sound God’s wonderful truths to your world.