God’s word says: “If you can make the brothers and sisters admire you, make your family admire you, and make people around you admire you, and one day when the unbelievers enter into the church, if you can make them admire all your actions and behavior….” In past times, I never understood these words of God. What should I do to make my family and the people around me admire me? Ever since I accepted this stage of work of Almighty God, no one has admired me. Because I perform my duty outside every day and do not look after my home, my family hate me and turn their backs on me. The people around me feel puzzled and make various gossips and remarks about me, and my relatives and friends in particular say I lack human kindness and don’t want to speak to me. I can’t win their admiration unless I give up my belief in God and reject my duty, to take good care of my family at home and be a dutiful wife and loving mother, or like the worldly people, to indulge in eating, drinking and pleasure-seeking, follow common customs, make big money, and build a career.
Later, I heard the leader fellowship: “How can we make our families and the people around us admire us? We are not to make them admire us for being good husbands, good wives, or good children and taking good care of our families, but to make them admire us for believing in God without being restrained by any people, matters, or things and for being able to transcend common customs, transcend our families, and overcome our flesh. Whether we encounter persecutions, tribulations, sufferings and refinings, slanders from the world, rejection from our families, or disturbance and oppression from any other power of darkness, we do not waver in our belief in God and do not leave God at any time, so that others can see in us God’s great power and God’s glory, and see that we really have the backbone of the man-child, and whatever we do, we must reach our goal and do not give up halfway. We’re to make them admire us for this.”
In light of the leader’s fellowship, I reread God’s words carefully: “If you can make the brothers and sisters admire you, make your family admire you, and make people around you admire you, and one day when the unbelievers enter into the church, if you can make them admire all your actions and behavior and see that what God has done is really too good, it will be a testimony on you. Although you have little knowledge and poor quality, you can satisfy God and care for God’s heart after being perfected by God. They will see that God has done such a great work on these people who have the poorest quality and you have known God, have become overcomers before satan, and are faithful to God to a certain extent. Then this group of people will be men of greatest dignity. That will be a greatest testimony. …you know how to requite God’s love and bear a powerful testimony for God by your real stature and by your actual actions. … If you cannot achieve this, you will have no testimony among your family, among the brothers and sisters, or before the world.” Only then did I understand that, by saying “make your family admire you, and make the people around you admire you,” God means that for the sake of God’s name, God’s testimony, and God’s satisfaction, we do not yield to any power of darkness, whether it be the persecution and rejection from our families, the slander from the world, or the cruel torture from the great red dragon etc.; and that under any circumstances, we can keep our faithfulness to God, do not become passive or draw back, remain strong and spirited, and can bear a strong and powerful testimony for God before satan. In other words, it is for these testimonies that we make our families and the people around us admire us. Then I remembered some things I often heard before. Some sister was opposed and persecuted by her husband because of performing her duty outside, but she made no compromise with the power of darkness and kept performing her duty all along. At last, her husband was completely subdued, saying, “The God you believe in is really great. I give up. Believe in him if you will; I won’t restrain you anymore.” Some brothers and sisters, under the savage torture from the great red dragon, kept their faithfulness to God and would rather die than become a Judas. At last, even the great red dragon held up their thumbs and said, “The believers in Almighty God are really tough! I admire them.” Also, the unbelievers often said, “These believers in God are so enthusiastic. They run around outside every day, without earning one penny and regardless of wind or rain. They’re really different from the world….”
The more I thought about it, the more I was enlightened. I came to know what it means to make my family and the people around me admire me, and realize that I understood God’s words wrongly before. I failed to sense the real meaning of God’s words and misinterpreted God’s intention. I thought that only by being a dutiful wife and loving mother or by wallowing in the mire with the world could I win the admiration of my family and of the people around me. Thus, I was always bound and did not know how to practice. Now I have known what to do. From now on, I will no longer think about how to satisfy the devils but only pursue to satisfy God; I will transcend the dominion of my family and the surrounding people, matters, and things, fulfill my duty as a created being, testify about God’s great power and God’s deeds by my practical living out and actual actions, and bear a strong and powerful testimony, so as to truly make my family and the people around me admire me.
Dalian City, Liaoning Province