I am Identify; a sinner who has dealt myself more harmful blows in my life than any person could ever conceive to bring upon my world. I didn’t grow up in a church, nor did I spend much time growing up reading the Bible. I only embraced Christ about 3 1/2 years ago. Since early on in my walk with Christ the “Parable of the Talents” has remained on my mind.
In this parable from Jesus, a rich man delegates the management of his wealth to his servants, much as investors in today’s markets do. He gives five talents (a large unit of money) to the first servant, two talents to the second, and one talent to the third. Two of the servants earn 100 percent returns by trading with the funds, but the third servant hides the money in the ground and earns nothing.
The rich man returns, rewards the two who made money, but severely punishes the servant who did nothing. The meaning of the parable extends far beyond financial investments. This parable is about the Gospel. God has given each person a wide variety of gifts, and he expects us to employ those gifts in his service.
For so long after reading this parable, I kept asking, “what is my God given gift?” In my youth, I held a special relationship with hip-hop. I invested so much thought and time into not only my own music, but in the study of many great artists. Naturally I wanted to pick up a mic and just rap because it was fun, then it became a method of sanity, after a while, the mission was empty. So, at the time I began a new life as a Christian, I was no longer creating music.
God had provided a way for me to glorify Him, long before I even gave Him the time of day. This work as Identify is for Him. It’s a way for me to pour my life into Christ, who poured out His life for us. It’s also for those who have a void in their life, and don’t know Christ. I have been there. I have felt the torment of death creeping over my shoulder, while questioning, “what’s the point of all this?”
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