Who are we? What were we put on this Earth to do? Who is God? What does He have to offer? These are questions we all struggle with at various points in our lives.
This story begins with a young, praying mother asking God for more. She wanted more than what she had known her entire life. This single young women with four children is my mother. We attended church as far back as I can remember. Although we attended church most every Sunday, she felt like there was more to it than simply attending church. One day, she was running errands on the city bus. When she sat down there was a card in the empty seat next to her. She picked it up and read First Pentecostal Church “Revival World.” For some reason, she placed the card in her purse and forgot about it.
A few weeks pass and my Aunt gets invited to a church ladies prayer meeting by a friend that worked with her at the hospital. She, in turn, asks my mother if she would like to go with her. Mom asked the name of the church, and my Aunt replied, “First Pentecostal Church.” Mom said, “Wait a minute, I’ve heard of that church.” She reached into her purse, pulled out the card, and realized it was the same church. As the story was told to me, my mom and aunt went to the prayer meeting, and as soon as my mom opened the door of the prayer room and stepped in, she threw her hands up and starting speaking in tongues! Soon after, we became members of First Pentecostal Church and that’s where I grew in the Lord.
I’m thankful for a praying mother who wanted more of God. Because of her hunger, the Lord saw fit that not only my mother, but I would have every opportunity to seek after Him and understand who He is in spirit and truth. I understood not everyone knew Jesus in His fulness. Although I grew up in church and knew there was only One God, I did not get a full revelation of the oneness of Jesus Christ until around the age of 17-18 when I began studying the Word for myself. Today, without a shadow of a doubt, I know that there is only One God, His name is Jesus, and that “there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved.”
Who are we?
We are flesh created in the image of God. We were created to worship Him. That void that people without Jesus feel in their lives, is filled by Jesus Christ. When we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, that void is filled by our Creator. What were we put on this Earth to do? For those of us who have received His spirit, we are to make disciples. We should spend every day looking and praying for moments to spread the gospel of salvation to this lost and dying world.
Who is God?
He is the “I Am.” In John 6:35, “He is the Bread of Life”, in John 8:12, “He is the Light of the World”, in John 10:9, “He is the Door”, in John 10:11,14, “He is The Good Shepherd”, in John 11:25, “He is the Resurrection and the Life”, in John 14:6, “He is the Way and the Truth and the Life”. With all of that said, we know He is everything we could ever need Him to be.
What does He have to offer?
God offers us eternal life with Him. He is the greatest gift. Once we understand who God is, we in turn understand who we are in Him. “We are crucified with Christ and no longer live, but He lives in us.” (Galatians 2:20) “We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.” (Philippians 4:13) His Word is our guide book and strength. We must understand this world is not our home. We live in this world, but we do not have to love the things of the world. The enemy knows we can be mighty powerful in Him. Because of this power, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
I know who He is, therefore I know who I am.
About the Author:
Cedric Austin is a General licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI). He serves as the Hyphen Director at The Life Church of Kansas City (TLCKC). Cedric has served in various ministries from Sunday School, Children’s Church and Youth to Sectional Youth Choir Director, Music Clinician and Worship Pastor. He has ministered in song at Carnegie Hall (NYC), and has been blessed to use his gifts in music to minister in song through out the fellowship. Cedric and his wife Rosalynn, also a General licensed minister with the UPCI, are the blessed parents of two miracle children. They attend, serve in and evangelize out of The Life Church of Kansas City (TLCKC) under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Stan & Marlene Gleason.