Have you ever been told to ‘be quiet?’
Well God is telling you to speak up.
In the social media age, everyone has a voice that can be broadcast to hundreds of thousands, even millions of people instantly.
What social media has given us is not a voice, but simply a platform in which to share our thoughts, opinions, pictures and gif reactions!
What would you say if I told you that God has given you a platform to shine brightly, He has given you a platform to influence people in a positive way and He has given you a platform so you will not be hidden?
Matthew 5:14 shares with us that, ‘You are the light of the world,’ that seems like a lot of pressure.
But in essence what Jesus is sharing with us here, is that He has built us a platform from which we can decide to climb up and shine from.
‘A town built on a hill cannot be hidden,’ Don’t hide when you can be heard!
Jesus has given us all a platform; He has given us all a voice and He wants us to use it.
Matthew 5:15 (NLT) says,
‘Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.’
I am writing this post to tell you to stop hiding under your bowl!
Your voice is powerful, influential and important.
If you choose the position, God is offering you the role of influencer.
Except you don’t need to DM him for a collab.
So, the question is – are you ready to stand?
For so many years I wasn’t. I was hiding. Hiding from friends, family and even myself. Using life’s distractions to take me away from my purpose, never believing that God had chosen me. I had downed tools on my platform.
I was born and raised in the bible, to a Mum who put herself through college, taught in schools, ran several businesses (pastry chef, fashion store owner, a professor) mother of five, did missionary work and always putting God first and still does.
But she and us (Myself, 3 brothers and 1 sister) lost everything and had to fight and claw our way back and in this period of divorce, abuse, homelessness, going from charity to charity for food, clothes and more.
Older brothers working 3 jobs just to afford a roof for us you look in the mirror and wonder,
‘God did you really choose me for something great?’
But what I have learnt is, we don’t get to ‘choose’ our platform.
It is not as simple as saying I am off Facebook and moving to Instagram, God is giving you a base, He is giving you a story and He is giving you a voice filled with purpose to build your platform with Him.
I have shared a lot of my story on various platforms and with sharing my story more and more made me realize it is God who took me through it all and while I was going through the pain, heartache and immense struggle, I was actually building my platform on which to speak and encourage others.
2 Corinthians 6:2 (NLT) says,
‘For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you. Indeed, the “right time” is now.
God was hearing my prayers.
Like Apostle Paul, we all face hardships in our life whether we are Christian or not. The difference is we have the Word of God to lean on and the more I began to lean the louder and more confident my voice became.
God and I were building, building bigger things together.
2 Corinthians 6:4 (NLT),
‘In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind’
The way we walk, care, suffer and talk MUST show that we are true ministers of God.
We have all suffered hard times, and someone else’s hardship can’t be compared to yours as we are all unique and have all faced life’s challenges.
But with God, we can patiently get through anything.
He is just building that platform higher so you can shine brighter.
I hope you are still here: If you have made it this far let me share something….
Your voice is needed.
Your story, your experiences, your personality…it needs to be heard.
And not necessarily in front of 10,000 people at a mega church or on an Instagram live with thousands of views, but by someone.
That someone is walking your road and you may be the light they need. It might be a friend, colleague or even someone sitting next to you (6ft away, it is 2020) at the bus stop.
Whenever you get that nudge to climb onto your platform, take it because ‘the right time is now.’
Let me close with this..
God has created a platform for you, and it is yours – Don’t look at someone else’s with envy, yours is perfect and it is yours.
Don’t let anyone or anything tear it down – as much as they might try to. You and God have built it on sturdy ground so as it feels like it is falling, keep shining, keep believing, keep the faith.
While you are in the building phase, don’t be afraid to accept a helping hand.
God doesn’t want you to do it alone.
Whatever your platform looks like, with however many people are watching and no matter how important you think it is shine, people need to hear your stories, your testimonies, they need you.
Matthew 5:16: ‘Let your good deeds shine out for all to see.’
Not by broadcasting all the good you have done, the people you have helped and so on…
But, let your good deeds shine through your testimony of what God has done and is doing for you.
What He has brought you through and helped you achieved in your life through and in those moments, when you were serving others without anyone to clap, sing your praises or validate your actions, because you knew the only audience you needed was God and he was always there to see you, guide you, strengthen you and help you be a support to someone else even in those moments when you felt you needed to be served.
That is the true way of helping others find their way again, finding their voice again and find their purpose again so they too can go out into their world and be a blessing and be of service to others who need it.
You were “Destined to be a Voice” and I can’t wait to hear it.
Efe Fruci is a motivation + confidence coach, author, inspirational speaker, and the Founder of Fearless and Empowered & Odihi. Growing up, Efe struggled with self-confidence and had low self-esteem after being told she was worthless, invaluable, while battling a life threatening illness. Determined to transform her life, Efe left behind the life she knew of pain, abuse, feeling powerless, and embarked on a self-love journey to change the narrative for herself and other women alike. She now spends her time teaching many women and children all over the world discover their inner-worth, value, and confidence. She holds a degree in Nursing, BioMedical Science, and Health Science from the University of Oxford. She is currently based in the beautiful province of British Columbia with her husband.