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The most important thing about you

The most important thing about you is the voice in your head. It is what drives your choices, sets your mood, and shapes your interactions with others. If you’re conscious of it, when you meet someone, there is a voice inside you telling you what to think, say, and act toward that person. The voice you hear is very powerful.

A battle of voices

Life could be summarized as a battle of voices. There are many voices competing to be the voice in your head. The point of success or failure could be pinned to the decision of which voice to follow.

The calling of voices

One of my favorite Frederick Buechner sermons is “The Calling of Voices”. He articulates so well this idea that a person’s life is full of all sorts of voices calling him in all sorts of directions. He articulates particularly well the danger of the battle, as I mentioned. Buechner says,

The danger is that there are so many voices and they all in there ways sound so promising. The danger is that you will not listen to the voice that speaks to you through the [epiphanies of life], that you do not listen to the voice inside you or to the voice that speaks from outside but specifically to you out of the specific events of your life, but that instead you listen to the great blaring, boring, banal voice of our mass culture, which threatens to deafen us all by blasting forth that the only thing that really matters about your work is how much it will get you in the way of salary and status, and that if it is gladness you are after, you can save that for the weekend.

Of course, the epiphanies of life and the voice “from outside” that Buechner is talking about is the voice of God. This is, as Tozer wrote, The Speaking Voice. God is always aiming to influence the voice in your head, because Tozer said God is continuously articulate, always speaking.

To form people’s character

I am careful not to say that God will always speak to you. I am suspicious of those who promiscuously toss around the fact that God told them such and such. I am more of the persuasion that God wants to form people’s character to be and do as Christ would if he were in one’s shoes. That’s why I say God is always aiming to influence to voice in your head.

God still speaks

I don’t mean to quibble about the how. The bottom line is God still speaks. The battle of voices is won by listening to his voice. Tozer wrote, “Whoever will listen will hear the speaking Heaven. This is definitely not the hour when men take kindly to an exhortation to listen, for listening is not today a part of popular religion. We are at the opposite end of the pole from there. Religion has accepted the monstrous heresy that noise, size, activity and bluster make a man dear to God.”

We don’t have to wonder

We don’t have to wonder about what God’s voice sounds like. In times past, it was tough to be sure. God spoke in a lot of different ways. Prophets would step forward, claiming to say what the Lord said. There was a formula to verify it. Sometimes it was the Lord’s voice, sometimes it wasn’t.

God’s voice is Jesus

We know what God’s voice sounds like now. God’s voice is Jesus. Hebrews 1 begins, “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” This should make things so much easier. It doesn’t always, but it should.

Whose voice do you hear

You can know whether the voice in your head is one you should listen to if it sounds like Jesus. That begins a whole other discussion regarding how to know what Jesus’ voice sounds like, but that will need to wait for, perhaps, another time. For now, I will simply restate the premise that there is a voice in your head and it is the most important thing about you. The question you must answer is what, or more precisely whose, voice do you hear?

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