3 Lessons "The Voice" Taught Me About The Christian Life
by: Jeff Thompson | May 26, 2017
Some of you may have caught yourself watching the finale of The Voice this past Tuesday. I must admit I’m a bit of a fan. Since the show debuted in 2011, I typically have seen the majority of most of the seasons. I suspect many of you may think one of your pastors likely watches Christian broadcasting around the clock, but I have been known to watch some other shows on television as well. This season, I got swallowed up in The Voice all the way through the grand finale. What exactly was so captivating about it? I thought about it last night watching the final episode of this season, and I believe there are 3 main hooks that reel me in when I’m watching it.
FIRST, the premise is the judges can initially only choose singers for their team based on the sound and appeal of their voice—-not on their looks. THAT’S JUST THE WAY GOD LOOKS AT US ALSO.
God looks to the HEART, as it says in I Peter 3: 3-4:
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
Did you know that 90% of an iceberg lies hidden beneath the surface of the water? It is the part that is unseen. So it is with us. The person we are is not always what is seen on the surface. There is much more to each of us—both good and bad. I think that’s part of the fascination with The Voice because long before a person makes it to the final show, they must have demonstrated the qualities inside that proved them capable to be a singer.
SECOND, this year something unique happened in the tryouts. Once an auditioning singer is chosen for one of the celebrity teams, one less spot becomes available. Each celebrity star has 12 spots to fill on their roster of singers. This year, 47 of those spots were filled when a young man named Chris Blue from Knoxville, Tennessee walked onto the stage. Chris serves as a worship leader at a church in that area. He was selected to fill the 48th spot of singers that “made the cut” for the television series. Well, not only did he fill the final spot, he won this year’s Voice competition on Tuesday night. That thought leads me to my next point:
YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN. Anyone can contribute to the Kingdom. It’s not about power, prestige, or influence. God will use you where you are. It didn’t matter to Chris Blue that he was the last singer chosen- ultimately he won the entire competition. In our lives, maybe you weren’t the first one to give your heart to the Lord and serve. Nonetheless, you have been CHOSEN by God. It is your moment to shine and to serve for the kingdom. Use the platform and the stage you have been given to sing for the King.
And THIRD, I’ve learned from watching The Voice over the years about the POWER OF MENTORING.
If you watch the show, you’ll know that each amateur singer is a member of one of the celebrity singer’s teams. More than a part of the team, though, is the fact for weeks—however long they last on the show—they are mentored by the coach of the team to enhance their skills. From the first few weeks of the show until the finale, the improvement in the singers is noticeable. That comes about because a star singer is investing time and energy into an unproven singer with the goal of growth by that singer.
WHO ARE YOU INVESTING TIME AND ENERGY IN? If you are a seasoned Christian, this should be a natural part of the journey. If you are new to the faith, find ways to have others with more experience invest in you. The church offers many ways for that to happen, such as LIFE Groups, LIFE University classes, Men’s Fraternity, and Women’s Bible Studies. Plug in and mentor or spend time with those that need mentored.
Television shows will always have the primary goal of entertainment, but in watching the final episode of a show I’ve enjoyed watching this season, and seeing the guy I was rooting for being named The Voice Champion, the thoughts came to me today to tuck away in the recesses of my mind:
GOD LOOKS AT THE INTERNAL, not the external
YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN for his team
MENTORING is powerful.