Make Your Voice Heard!

I Corinthians 14:8 makes a very important point: “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” Could you possibly imagine troops getting ready to engage the enemy, while listening to the “Blues?” In Verse 10, we are told: “There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.” All voices competing for our attention have significance; some of them are negative, others are positive. My point is that, with the significance of our message of redemption, we can’t afford to let the competing voices drown out our voices. This doesn’t mean that we have to rudely raise our voices and try to “out shout” the opposition. It does mean that we speak with credibility, authority, compassion, patience and knowledge. We may have to use “ongoing” dialog. However, we are not limited to our physical voices alone. We can speak by example and by loving deeds. These often move people to ask questions and listen to answers. We can speak by literature, by CDs and DVDs, by invitations to a sound church or an evangelistic event, or even by a combination of these. The “bottom line” is that we continue in wise and various ways to be heard, and to pray: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Eliza E. Hewitt’s hymn, “Blessed Old Story of Love,” speaks to this: “Tell the sweet story wherever you go, blessed old story of love! Tell it until all your heart is aglow, filled with the power from above. Tell it to comfort the weary and sad, tell it the wounded to heal; no other message can make us so glad, none will such glory reveal. Look to the cross where He died for our sin, look to the Lamb on the throne; then tell the story a brother to win,  Jesus your effort will own. Bright angels sweeping their harp-strings of gold, In holy rapture above, listen, while saints His salvation unfold—blessed old story of love! Blessed old story of love! Blessed old story of love! Christ came from Heaven to save you and me, blessed old story of love.” Selah! “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Colossians 4:6).    Ron

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