You’re Custom Made

This guest post comes from our friend Keni. Keni is a fantastically talented artist and is passionate about sharing the gospel through his art and design work. You can check out his website at www.keni.com.

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This year I will celebrate my 60th birthday. There was a time when I was in my early 20’s when I thought that I would not live to see my 30th. You’ve probably heard the ‘deliverance from drugs and a life of sin when I accepted Jesus as my Savior’ testimonies.

There certainly was a time when I thought all the vices I had would kill me, but I stopped doing them (almost all) before I came to Christ. Instead, I began to believe that a life of emptiness would kill me had it not have been for my art. In a crazy way, my art became my drug, or my ‘god’ as they say in Christian circles.

Several years of freedom from drugs and living like a lunatic allowed my mind to clear up enough to come to another frightening realization; that not even art could be fulfilling.

When I finally invited Christ into my life, it took about six months for me to finally be convinced that He was truly all the Bible and anointed Christians said He was. I didn’t make a deliberate decision to stop painting, but I found that it was so much less satisfying than getting to know Jesus that I didn’t paint for a year.

When I finally picked up a paintbrush again, I had a real reason for doing so outside of myself.

I once heard a Bible teacher say that God doesn’t care what profession you choose. The preacher said that God only called apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. If you’re not called to the ‘5-fold’ ministry office, pick something and just do it.

I’m glad Jesus told the ‘Parable of the Talents’ (Matthew 25: 14-30). That tells me that everyone has been given talent(s) according to our own particular abilities. In other words, God custom made our talent(s) for us.

The late missionary, David Livingston said, “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” We should hold hold in high esteem those called to be apostles, prophets, evangelist pastors and teachers, but it should be no sacrifice to live life in service to God and man with the talents He has given us as artists. It is indeed an honor and privilege.

– Keni

4 thoughts on “You’re Custom Made

  1. Excellent post Keni. I think it is sometimes tempting to wait around for guidance without realising that we’ve already been given a calling – Matthew 28:19-20! I spent a long time worrying about my choice of jobs, and I am glad that I put it into prayer, but I am now very convinced that God does a lot of the guidance “backstage”, not always through particular leadings, but more broadly through the sort of people we are, those around us, and opportunities that arise. That’s not to say God doesn’t suddenly call us supernaturally to things (I’ve had this experience for certain things, and I know others for whom this has directed the course of their life), but I think even if we don’t have this leading we have a responsibility to follow the commands that Jesus has already given us in scripture in the best way we can.

  2. You’re right Stephen. I could see how God leads us through my children as they grew up. When they were very young, I gave them many instructions. As they grew older, they made decisions based on the principles I taught them and less on direct guidance. Even though they are all grown now, they are still wise enough to come to their father for advise. God, our heavenly Father, will always be there for us and willing to give advise and direction when we ask. Plus, as He is sovereign, He will sometimes break in with direct, specific instructions.

  3. Thank you for this post. As a “closet” artist that follows Christ I struggle with “coming out” of the tried reliable paths. This post has reminded me and pushed me along my journey. Thank you for letting God use you. So glad I found this site!

  4. Hi Jinean,

    Don’t let fear keep you from fulfilling your purpose in life. Whether art is a major or minor part of that life, you should allow it to flow out of you. In the Parable of the Talents told by Jesus, the person who buried his talent was chastised for not using it.
    Let us see what you produce.

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