The Requirements Those Who Serve God Must Meet
What must those who serve God possess so that their service of God is in accordance with God’s requirements? Let’s take a look at what the words of God say. In “How to Serve in Harmony With God’s Will,” God says, “Everyone who has resolved to can serve God—but it must be that only those who give every care to God’s will and understand God’s will are qualified and entitled to serve God.” All those who have resolve can serve God. The meaning of this is that God allows all those who are willing to expend for Him and cast everything aside to serve Him. However, to truly conform to the criteria, one must be considerate of God’s intentions and understand God’s intentions. Only then would one be qualified and entitled to serve God. This is a condition that absolutely must be met. Perhaps there are some people who understand and others that do not when it comes to being considerate of God’s intentions. Accurately speaking, to be considerate of God’s intentions means understanding what God intends to do in His chosen people. It means to understand what God intends to accomplish in His chosen people and what results He intends to achieve in them. If someone understands this matter, it means they have an understanding of God’s work, they know how God saves mankind and they know how to help God’s chosen people understand and enter all the truths and words that God expresses. This kind of person understands God’s intentions and he or she also knows what God is most anxious about. This person knows what God most wants to do at this moment. This person also knows what kind of people God needs to cooperate with Him and how to do work that would achieve the desired results. Only those who feel God’s eager intentions, know what God intends to accomplish in His chosen people and know what kind of people God needs to cooperate with Him are genuinely considerate of God’s intentions. Since those who are considerate of God’s intentions understand God’s intentions, they know how to lead God’s chosen people to enter into God’s words, understand the truth and step onto the right track of faith so that they can attain salvation. That is why their leadership, their fellowship and their sermons are capable of guiding God’s chosen people into God’s word—it is effective. As such, their service is capable of fulfilling God’s intentions. Learning to be considerate of God’s intentions must be built upon a foundation of understanding God’s work. To understand God’s work, of course this person must first have a genuine experience of it. First, he must obtain the Holy Spirit’s work and have an understanding of God’s word and the truth that God expresses. Only then can this person be able to understand and be considerate of God’s intentions. That is why, in God’s work, those who are genuinely considerate of God’s intentions and who truly understand God’s intentions are in the minority. These are all people who pursue the truth and who have the Holy Spirit’s work. That is why they are able to achieve these results. Within the church, we can see there are many people that are passionate and who are willing to fulfill their duties and serve God. However, since their understanding of the truth of God’s word is inadequate, they are unable to understand God’s intentions. They do not understand God’s intentions and they do not know what aspects of truths God’s chosen people should enter into. They also do not know what God intends to complete in man and what fruits He wants to achieve in man. They do not understand these matters. These are people that do not understand God’s intentions. Those who do not understand God’s intentions, regardless of how passionate and faithful they are, they will only be able to fulfill a few duties. They are incapable of serving God. Those who serve God must understand the truth and they must be considerate of God’s intentions. This is a condition that one who serves God must meet. Another selection of God’s word mentions that the people who serve God must be God’s intimates and bosom friends. We should be able to understand just who God’s close friends are. We should know what kind of people can become God’s close friends. This is a crucial subject. When it comes to our interactions with other people, even though we know a lot of friends, there are very few who are close friends. What makes a close friend? A close friend is one who knows your heart. What is the meaning of “knowing your heart?” This means that you and this person in question have the same heart. This person knows what is going on inside your heart. He or she knows what your heart is after and knows your earnest intentions. This person knows what your heart is anxious about and they know why your heart is worried or in pain. Such a person is your intimate. If you are to be one of God’s close friends, you need to know God’s heart. If we are to know God’s heart, how would we go about doing so? Many people fulfill their duties outside their home. They can see that the work that God does is not easy. It is not easy for God to obtain people. Each stage of God’s work of saving mankind is considerably difficult because the corruption of mankind is particularly deep. Since mankind’s corruption is very deep, man’s resistance, misunderstanding, judgment and complaints when it comes to God are numerous. No matter what God does, it is difficult for man’s heart to accept. That is why, out of the entire corrupt human race, there are only but a few who truly know God’s heart, God’s pain and God’s distress. Therefore, it can be said that there are a very few people that are of the same mind with God. As humans, when we suffer, what is it that we most need at that moment? We all know that what we most need is to be comforted. Now, when God suffers, what does He most need? He also needs to be comforted. Man can comfort man by saying a few caring and intimate words. However, when it comes to man comforting God’s suffering heart, it is insufficient for us to say a few sentences. This would not resolve the matter. Instead, we must do a few concrete things. What kind of concrete things must we do? We must best fulfill our duties to satisfy God. In order to satisfy God, we must stand resolutely and bear witness. We must pursue the truth and achieve an understanding of God. If we do these things, then we will be able to truly comfort God’s heart. If we do not have some actual living out or testimonies to comfort God’s heart and instead we only praise God and give thanks to God with our lips, this is truly insufficient. All those who are able to really bear witness to satisfy God are God’s close and intimate friends. Thus, all those who pursue the truth, who fulfill their duties for God with devotion, and who can stand firm in their testimony when facing all kinds of trials, are people who are truly able to satisfy God’s intentions and comfort God. God also chooses these people to serve Him. God will call those who are devoted, obedient and bear witness to Him to serve Him. The Holy Spirit will touch these people’s hearts and move them to serve God. Since these people are qualified to serve God, the Holy Spirit specifically chooses these kinds of people to serve God. After someone has entered onto the right track of faith and has some actual understanding of God, they will be able to start to understand a bit of the truth and they will be able to talk a bit about some real and practical experiences. After someone has achieved this kind of spiritual stature, God’s chosen people will be able to benefit from this person’s work and they will be able to enter life in a practical manner. That is why those who have the reality of the truth, their sermons, their communications, their provision and the way they help and sustain people are all done with the Holy Spirit’s guidance and leadership. This kind of person will be able to serve God. This kind of person is qualified to serve God. While serving God, if this kind of person has a genuine understanding of God, then he or she will have a heart that reveres God. If a person has a heart that reveres God then he will be qualified to serve God. Therefore, those who serve God are also those who genuinely obey the work of God. They are also those who have a true experience of the words that God expresses and who enter the reality of the truth. Since these are people that pursue the truth, they are people who have the Holy Spirit’s work. After they have attained the Holy Spirit’s work, they are able to gradually understand God’s intentions. They have a genuine understanding of God’s disposition and they have a heart that reveres God. This is why these kinds of people are those that the Holy Spirit targets for perfection. They are people that the Holy Spirit guides.
The Six Aspects of the Truth That Those Who Serve God Must Understand
Which truths must those who serve God understand so that their service of God is in accordance with God’s intentions? First, they must understand God’s work and they must understand the aim of God’s work. They must have a clear understanding of how God saves mankind and how He frees mankind from Satan’s corruption and influence. Those who serve God must understand this aspect of the truth clearly. Suppose you have believed for a few years. Someone asks you, “How does God’s work save man?” You are unable to explain clearly. If you are unable to explain clearly, how can you guide God’s chosen people to enter God’s word? How can you guide God’s chosen people so that they can attain salvation? Therefore, the truth of knowing God’s work is very crucial. Right now, every person should do some self-reflection. Once you finish reading God’s word once or twice, can you explain clearly how God saves man, how Satan corrupts man, and what methods God uses to save mankind and change mankind’s corrupt disposition? These things involve bearing witness for God’s work. Only by understanding this aspect of the truth can one be capable of guiding God’s chosen people onto the right track of faith. The second truth is that one must understand one’s own corrupt essence so as to hate Satan and the great read dragon and truly forsake the great red dragon. If you do not understand this truth, this indicates that you have not entered into the experience of God’s word. It indicates that you do not genuinely obey God’s work. The first fruit of entering into God’s word is that you know your own corrupt essence. For in judging and chastising mankind, His main objective is to help man understand mankind’s corrupt essence so that man can hate and betray Satan. This is the foundational work when it comes to the attainment of salvation. Just now, we mentioned that there are some believers in God who do not know to what degree they are corrupt and what kind of corruption exists within them. They do not understand one bit. Can this kind of a person be saved? Someone who does not understand his or her own corrupt essence has definitely not been saved. One day, if this kind of person encounters a disaster and falls dead, someone else would say, “This person has definitely not been saved. You see, he has already died.” For those who are not saved by God, when the disaster arrives, they will definitely perish. Those who have attained God’s salvation will not perish when they encounter disasters. God will make sure that they survive. The third truth is that one must understand what is true salvation and what it means to truly return to God. Many people who believe in God do not know what it means to be saved. They think that as long as one believes in God, one will be saved. They think, “I pray to God and I believe in Almighty God. I will definitely be saved.” Isn’t this just your imagination? It is not that once your words say that you believe in God or once your heart acknowledges God, you will immediately be saved. You have to practically experience God’s judgment and chastisement and understand that you have an innate essence that has been corrupted by Satan. Only by equipping yourself with the truth and obtaining a new life can you break free from Satan’s influence and corruption. Only then will you truly be saved. There are many processes when it comes to attaining salvation. You must go through each of these processes. It’s the same in any matter. There is a process that you must go through. There is a process when you make food. There is a process when you make clothing. There is a process when it comes to taking care of a child. Everything has a process, including the attainment of salvation. Once you know what it means to attain salvation and the fruits that must be achieved in order to attain salvation, you will know how to seek so you can attain salvation. If you do not know what it means to be saved, then your seeking will not have a target. You are living within your own notions and imagination. The result is that you would have deceived yourself. You can see that within the religious world, people hold onto the name of Jesus and they do not let go. They think that as long as their hearts believe and their mouths acknowledge, then they have been saved. They just wait to be saved. The result is that they wait for years yet they are not saved. When the disaster arrives, they still perish. One after another, they all perish. Isn’t this just deceiving themselves? They do not know what salvation is. So, they listen to what other people say and they take it as the truth and keep it. Little do they know that all of that preaching and witnessing is man’s notions and imagination. They treat these notions and imagination as the truth. They hold onto these things and they do not let go. The result is that they have deceived themselves. The fourth truth is that those who serve God must understand how God saves man and how God perfects man. They must also know how man should cooperate so that he can be obtained by God in the end. Now, if you do not know how God saves man and how God perfects man, how can you seek salvation from God? How can you seek to be perfected by God? God wants to perfect you. If you do not know how God will perfect you, then how can you cooperate and how can you obey? That is why these truths must be understood. If man does not understand, man will have no way to practice and enter. It is like if you bought a machine. You do not know what functions this machine can perform and you do not know the principles behind these functions. You also do not know how to utilize it so that you can achieve the desired results. Now, haven’t you bought something that is useless? This is because you do not even know how to use it. That is why, when it comes to your faith in God, you must understand a few important aspects of the truth. This way, you will be able to genuinely obey God’s work and you will pursue the truth and cooperate in a proper manner. Only by going through this process would you be able to achieve salvation and become perfected. This is a realistic path. The fifth truth is that one must have a true understanding of God’s disposition and God’s essence. Only through this understanding would he be able to have a heart that truly reveres God. Can man serve God if he does not have a heart that reveres God? If man does not have a heart that reveres God, God would not use him. If He uses such a person, it is equivalent to using an unbeliever or a devil or demon. This person will interrupt, disturb and demolish God’s work. He will commit evil deeds and resist God. That is why those who do not have a heart that reveres God are not qualified to serve God. Now, how can one have a heart that reveres God? A heart that reveres God comes from a genuine understanding of God’s disposition. They have seen God’s righteous disposition and the disposition that God does not allow people to offend. They have seen those who offend God have received God’s punishment and retribution. Only through this way can one have a heart that truly reveres God. … The sixth truth is that one must understand the meaning of obeying God. Those who truly obey God’s work are qualified to serve God. Regardless of how God does things and regardless of how the Holy Spirit leads them, these people are able to understand and they know how to obey. They know how to lead God’s chosen people to enter into God’s work and attain salvation. For those who serve God, what they should mainly understand and enter are these six aspects of the truth. Once people have entered these six aspects of truths, they will have a genuine understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work. They will know how the Holy Spirit guides them, how He enlightens and illuminates them. They will have an understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit and they will be able to obey. This kind of person is qualified to serve God. If a person does not understand these six aspects of the truth, and does not understand the Holy Spirit’s work, they will not be qualified to serve God. That is why, in order to serve God, one must be equipped with some truths. They must have an understanding of God and have a heart that reveres God. They also must have an understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work and be able to obey the Holy Spirit and receive His enlightenment and illumination. They need to know what is the truth, what is reality, and what is doctrine. They need to know which people do not have the Holy Spirit’s work and which people have the work of evil spirits. If they can differentiate these matters, then they will be able to serve God. These are the basic conditions of serving God.