Your Voice Matters: Part 2
If you’re familiar with the Voke blog, you’ll know that we’ve started a new series called “Your Voice Matters.” It’s about using Voke, a christian video sharing app, to use our voice and share faith. I first realized that my voice matters when I was in high school. When my friends asked what I did over the weekend, it was easy to enthusiastically reply, “church!” and talk about what went on in my youth group and what I believe. But just as we wrote in our last blog, somewhere down the line, I got busy. I became busier and busier, and my faith slowly became shallower and shallower. I went on to college, prioritized my grades, graduated, and started a career that helps me make a difference in the lives of others. Over time, talking to my friends about who Jesus is went way down my to-do list.
Have I lost my voice?
Have you ever looked at everything you’ve achieved in your life and asked, “is this it?” About two years ago, I knew I was making a difference at work but had this nagging feeling inside, a soft voice telling me that there was something missing. I was missing out on a chance to do something deeper in my faith. In fact, there’s a specific bible passage that helped me learn a lot about how God calls us to take steps of faith. A long time ago, a prophet named Elijah had a pretty interesting encounter with God. You would expect God to show up to him in something spectacular like a storm or an earthquake, but as the story goes,
“the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” (1 Kings 19: 11-12)
Listening to God’s voice
What point am I trying to make? That sometimes, we expect God to reveal things to us with wind, earthquakes and fire. But he sometimes comes in the quiet. Two years ago, there was a still small voice telling me that there was more. More to my life than just work and that I should use my life to tell those around me about Him. That’s when I discovered a christian video sharing app called Voke. Voke’s faith-based videos help answer questions like, “is Jesus real?” and “what’s Jesus got to do with me?”. I figured that I couldn’t be the only one asking these questions so I sent these videos to some coworkers. We ended up having deep, and I mean deep, conversations about Christianity. But after doing this for almost two years, you know what I learned? Three things:
Lift your voice
First, that I may not be the best at sharing my faith, but I can still do it. With Voke I really don’t need to worry about being “good enough” to tell my friend about Jesus. All I have to do is invite her to watch some videos and see what happens. In other words, using this christian video sharing app helps me obey Christ’s call to tell others about him, regardless of if I feel adequate or not to do so.
Listen to others
Second, that people will genuinely surprise you. I’ve had conversations with friends who are completely disinterested in Christianity. Still, there’s always a point in our conversation where I’m like, “wow, people really do want to talk about this!” You see, even people who refuse to step into church and reject the idea of absolute truth actually crave deeper conversations. Our generation wants to change the world and go deeper. We may not all want to go deeper with God, but we all realize that there’s more to life than work, money, and finding bae. And what I’ve learned is that as a christian my voice matters. Starting deeper conversations with my friends matters. Because they’re my friends and just like me, they want to go deeper.
Will you lift your voice?
Thirdly, your voice matters. If you’ve read this far, it’s probably because there’s something in my story that’s similar to yours. As someone who’s not completely in your shoes but knows a little about what you’re feeling, I encourage you to download the app, watch a few videos on your own, and then ask a friend to go on this journey of exploring faith with you. It’s a journey that’s sometimes uncomfortable. In that story with Elijah, God used that still small voice to tell Elijah to do something difficult. Sharing a video series might be difficult for you, just like it still is sometimes for me. But that still small voice that’s calling you to go deeper comes from someone who genuinely loves you. And the best part of this journey is learning more about God’s love.
It’s worth mentioning again: your voice matters. But will you actually let God use it? Will you make the effort to know him better and to talk to your friends about what you’re learning? If your answer is a still small “yes,” download this christian video sharing app (on ios or android) and get ready to go deeper with God and others today!