I remember living on 1312 Patton Dr. in Odessa, TX when I was in elementary back in the 90s. My favorite things to do were to blow up horny toads with fire crackers, play Nintendo with my brothers and ride my Huffy bike with my friends in this dirt lot down the street from my house. And when the street lights came on between 6 and 7pm every evening it never failed that I would hear my mother’s voice bellowing my full legal down the block name, “JEREMY QUINN BUTLER!”. She didn’t have to walk down the street in her slippers and mumu or get in the car and drive over to the next street to find me terrorizing my friends. All she had to do was utter my name and I would be at the house in point 5 seconds.
My parents trained me at an early age to recognize their voices and to another I did not go! Mainly, because I didn’t want to end up like the little kids on the milk cartons. More, Jesus says:
5 A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers… 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. – John 10:5, 27-28
Jesus plainly says that we, his sheep, know His voice because we heard God’s call for salvation through his message and responded in faith to trust him as Lord and Savior.
WE would all like to believe that we bring something special and original to the table. And the truth is… regardless of what our table is (family, work, church, relationships)… we do. The DNA that runs through every fiber of our being is both complex and unique. Even science has proven twins born of the same blood, mother and father are somehow genetically different.
Yet, at the end of the day as diverse as humanity is we end up only echoing TWO voices from the moment we are born until we die. These two voices have been opposed to each other since the beginning of mankind. More, one of these voices disguises and manifests itself in different forms and often, though reluctant and resilient, imitates the other Voice in a last-ditch effort to take as many with him and his angels to the Lake of Fire.
Who are you listening to?
SIDE NOTE: The voice you echo the most is a tell-tell sign of where your allegiance lies. Also, the voice you echo the most is the one you probably listen to the most… and words have power to change outcomes. So, echoing a voice is not mere chance or accident. It’s a statement of who you roll with! Will you speak and echo what God says? Or will you speak and echo what the accuser of the brethren, the father of lies – Lucifer (Satan, himself), says?
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. – Ephesians 4, 5:1-2
Ephesians 4 talks about Christian unity and living (truth, forgiveness, love, speech) and leads us right into chapter 5 with a “Therefore” Statement. Paul is using this cause and effect clause to explain how we must live as a result of everything that was written in Ephesians 4. In conclusion, he says that we are called to imitate and live like Christ, reproduce his love in relation to other people and authentically mimic or echo his voice as a direct result of us trusting in Christ.
Here are some questions to ponder:
- Whose voice are you echoing in your everyday life? Why do you think that is?
- Do you consider yourself a sheep?
- Does your echo effect others in a positive or negative way?