Find Your Voice, Own Your Voice
When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
God did not save you to go around capitulating to what makes other people comfortable to the point of denying the ownership of your own voice. That type of mindset will infect your prayers. It’ll dilute your praise. It’ll make you ask for less than what God has intended in His divine destiny for you.
But if you can find your voice and own your voice, then no matter the competitive voices around you, you will have enough courage to go for what your faith says can be yours and to ask for what God has entitled you to. Every opportunity God has for you will require your faith, but then you’re going to have to own your voice in realizing that opportunity for your life.
Now, other people have their own agendas. Like with blind Bartimaeus, others will try to silence you, and warn you, and rebuke you to be quiet. And just like the man at the pool of Bethesda, people will not put you in the water of life’s opportunities simply because you’ve been hanging around for a long time. You’re going to have to find your voice and own your voice.
The things that God has convicted you about as it relates to what He expects of your life, the integrity with which He wants you to manage your human relationships, the vision He has plainly disclosed only to you, the places where He has given you influence—in all of these things you have to find your voice in order to connect vision to reality.
Not only do you need to find your voice, but you have to own your voice as well. Your voice is always connected to your deepest burden. I don’t mean burden as an unwanted weight. I’m talking about burden as a calling, an invitation from Jesus to connect your life to His purposes. I’m referring to the heavy compulsion to work at the plans He has for you.
Your burden doesn’t necessarily have to be limiting or painful or physical, but it will always be deeply personal. What are your deepest spiritual desires? What’s your deepest compulsion? What is that thing that God has created a yearning for within you? You have to own it, because it’s the strongest connection you will have to Jesus Christ. Whatever that is, your voice emerges from there.
Find your voice and own your voice.