As a vocalist, I’ve grown up listening and trying to sound like singers on the radio and TV my whole life. New vocalists emulate the people they admire but that is only good for a season, if that continues you just become a mimic and lose who you really are. Living a life for Christ is exactly the same.
Let me explain from a musical standpoint.
Most vocalist learn to sing by memorizing other people’s songs on the radio or records and mimic the artist’s style of singing. Some people can do it well but most are forcing their voice do something it’s not made for. Sometimes it comes off unnatural sounding or expresses a different emotion or feel from the original singers intent. I think that a lot of Christians do this to themselves.
God designed us uniquely to fulfill his purpose for reaching the world. We weren’t designed to look like anyone else in the world except for Christ. When we try to act, behave, dress, etc. like everyone else, we miss out on the beautiful creation that God created us to be! We are individually gifted to bless this world in different ways and no one person has every gift. We are made to work together as one body to bring hope to the world.
So here’s where your voice comes in. When a vocalist finds their voice they bring an emotion to their music that is different from everybody else’s. You can see their passion and love for the music they create and others recognize it! But when they force themselves to copy someone else they remain stagnant in moving closer to who they really are as a singer. When you find your calling, your voice, that God designed you for you will begin to change your environment and people around you.
Without knowing your own voice, you will always be a copy of someone else.
We need to be diligent in following the calling that God places on our hearts so we can operate in line with God’s plan for our lives! For those who feel they have discovered their calling, you must continually hone and sharpen your skills to become even better at what your doing!
If you haven’t discovered your calling yet, have no fear! You have a purpose but have yet to have it revealed to you, or, you have been preoccupied trying to mimic someone else’s calling. Pray continually asking God to bring to light your gifts and jump on when He does! You were made for more!
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:1-21