Focus More on Reality
Every person has the possibility of being perfected by God, so everyone should understand what service to God most suits God’s intentions. Most people don’t know what it means to believe in God and have no idea why they should believe in God. That is to say, most people have no understanding of God’s work or the purpose of God’s management plan. Down to the present, most people still think believing in God is about going to heaven and having their souls saved. They still have no idea of the particular significance of believing in God, and moreover they don’t have any understanding whatsoever of God’s most important work in His management plan. For all sorts of their own reasons, people just don’t take any interest in God’s work and give no thought to God’s intentions or God’s management plan. As an individual in this stream, each person should know what the purpose of God’s entire management plan is, the facts that God has already fulfilled, why God has chosen this group of people, what its goals and significance are, and what God wants to achieve in this group. In the land of the great red dragon, God has been able to raise such a group of inconspicuous people, and He has continued to work until now, trying and perfecting them in all sorts of ways, speaking countless words, performing much work and sending so many serving objects. From God accomplishing such enormous work, it can be seen that the significance of God’s work is so great. You cannot yet see into it entirely. Therefore, do not treat the work that God has done on you as a simple matter; this is not a small thing. Just what God has shown you today is enough for you to ponder and understand. Only if you truly and thoroughly understand it can you experience more deeply and make progress in your life. What people understand and are doing right now is really too little and cannot fully satisfy God’s intentions. This is the insufficiency of man and the failure to fulfill their duty. This is why the results that should have been achieved have not been. The Holy Spirit has no way to work on many people because they have such a shallow understanding of God’s work and are unwilling to treat the work of the house of God as something valuable. They always go through the motions just to get by, or copy what most people are doing, or just show people that they are “working.” Today, each person in this stream shall recall whether what you have done is all that you could have, and whether you have put in all your effort. People have not fulfilled their duties at all. It is not that the Holy Spirit does not do His work but that people do not do theirs, making it impossible for the Holy Spirit to do His work. God has finished expressing His words, but they have not kept up at all and have fallen far behind, unable to stay close with every step, unable to follow the Lamb’s footsteps closely. What they should abide by they have not abided by; what they should have practiced they have not put into practice; what they should have prayed they have not prayed; what they should have discarded they have not discarded. They have not done any of these things. Therefore, this talk of going to the banquet is empty and has no real meaning at all. It is in people’s own imagination. It can be said that as of the present people have not fulfilled their duty at all. Everything is dependent on God doing and saying things Himself, while people’s function has really been all too small. They are all useless trash who don’t know how to coordinate with God. God has spoken hundreds of thousands of words, but people have not put them into practice at all, from forsaking the flesh, discarding notions, practicing obedience in all things, developing discernment and gaining insight at the same time, to letting go of people’s status in their hearts, eliminating the idols who occupy their hearts, rebelling against individual intentions that are not right, not acting based on their emotions, doing things fairly without bias, thinking more about God’s interests and their influence on others when they speak, doing more things that benefit God’s work, keeping in mind benefiting God’s house in all that they do, not letting their emotions determine their behavior, discarding what pleases their own flesh, eliminating selfish old conceptions, and so on. People actually understand some things in all these words of what God requires of them, but they are just not willing to put them into practice. How else can God work and move them? How can rebels in the eyes of God still have the nerve to pick up God’s words to admire them? How do they have the nerve to eat God’s food? Where is man’s conscience? They have not fulfilled the very least of the duties they should have, so talking about doing all they can is pointless. Are they not dreamers? There can be no talk of reality without practice. That is plain fact!
You ought to be studying more realistic lessons now. There’s no need for that high-sounding, empty talk that people admire. When it comes to talking about knowledge, each person’s is higher than the previous one, but they still don’t have the path to practice. How many have put anything into practice? How many have learned actual lessons? Who can fellowship about reality? Being able to speak of knowledge of God’s words doesn’t amount to your genuine stature. It only goes to show you were born smart and gifted. It’s still futile if you cannot point out the way, and you are just useless trash! Are you not pretending if you can’t say anything about an actual path to practice? Aren’t you faking it if you cannot offer your own actual experiences to others, thereby giving them lessons they can learn from or a path to practice? Aren’t you just a counterfeit? What value do you have? Such a person could only play the part of “inventor of the theory of socialism,” not “contributor to bringing about socialism.” To be without reality is to have no truth. To be without reality is to be good for nothing. To be without reality is to be the walking dead. To be without reality is to be a “Marxist-Leninist thinker,” without value as a reference. I urge each person to shut up about theory and talk of something real, something genuine and substantial, study some “modern art,” speak of something realistic, contribute some reality, and have some spirit of dedication. Face reality when speaking and don’t indulge in unrealistic and exaggerated talk to make people happy or so they can think of you in a different way. What is the value of that? What point is there in stirring up people’s enthusiasm for you? Be “artistic” in your speech, be fair in your conduct, be reasonable in your work, be realistic in addressing people, keep in mind benefiting God’s house in every act, let your conscience guide your emotions, do not repay kindness with hate, or be ungrateful to kindness, and do not be a hypocrite, lest you be a bad influence. When you eat and drink God’s words, link them more to reality, and when you communicate, speak more about realistic things and do not be condescending—God objects to that. Be more patient and tolerant, practice conceding more, be generous and open with people, and learn from the “spirit of the prime minister.”[a] When you have thoughts that are not good, practice forsaking the flesh more. When you are working, speak more of realistic paths and don’t get too lofty or it will be beyond people’s reach. Less enjoyment, more contribution—show your selfless spirit of dedication. Be more considerate toward God’s intentions, listen more to your conscience, and keep in mind more and do not forget how God admonishes you daily out of concern for you. Read the “old almanac” more often. Pray more and fellowship more often. Do not go on being so muddled, but show more sense and gain some insight. When your hand of sin reaches out, pull it back and don’t let it extend so far. It’s useless! What you get from God is nothing but curses; be careful. Let your heart take pity on others and don’t always strike out with weapons in hand. Offer more and talk more about life, keeping a spirit of helping others. Do more and say less. Put more into practice and less into research and analysis. Be moved more by the Holy Spirit, and give God more opportunities to perfect you. Eliminate more human elements—there are still too many human ways of doing things. Superficial conduct and behavior are still loathsome. Eliminate more of them. Your mental states are still too detestable. Correct them more. The status people occupy in your hearts is still too much. Give more status to God and don’t be so unreasonable. The “temple” is God’s in the first place and should not be occupied by people. In sum, focus more on righteousness and less on emotions, and it is best to eliminate the flesh; talk more about reality and less about knowledge, and it is best to be silent; speak more of the path of practice and have less worthless inflated talk, and it is best to begin practice starting now.
God’s requirements of people are not lofty. If people put in a bit of effort they will be able to receive a “passing grade.” Actually, understanding, knowing, and accepting the truth is more complicated than practicing the truth; knowing and accepting the truth comes after first practicing the truth. This is the step and way of the work of the Holy Spirit. How can you not obey it? Will you be able to have the work of the Holy Spirit by doing things your way? Does God work based on your will, or after you have compared against God’s words? It’s pointless if you cannot see this clearly. Why is it that most people have spent much effort reading God’s words but only have knowledge and cannot say anything about a real path afterward? Do you think that having knowledge amounts to having the truth? Isn’t that a confused point of view? You are able to speak as much knowledge as there is sand on a beach, yet none of it contains any real path. In this, are you not fooling people? Are you not all hat and no cattle? Acting in this way is harmful to people! The higher the theory, the more it is devoid of reality, and the more it is incapable of taking people into reality; the higher the theory, the more it makes you defy and oppose God. Do not treat the most lofty theories like precious treasure; they are pernicious, and serve no use! Maybe some people are able to talk of the most lofty theories—but such theories contain nothing of reality, for these people have not personally experienced them, and thus they have no path to practice. Such people are incapable of taking man onto the right track, and will only lead people astray. Is this not harmful to people? At the very least, you must be able to solve the present troubles and allow people to achieve entry; only this counts as devotion, and only then will you be qualified to work for God. Do not always speak grandiose, fanciful words, and do not bind people and make them obey you with your many unsuitable practices. Doing so will have no effect, and can only increase people’s confusion. Leading people this way will produce many pieces of regulation, which will make people loathe you. This is man’s shortcoming, and it is really insufferable. Therefore, talk more about problems that exist now. Don’t treat other people’s experiences as private property and bring it out for others to appreciate. You must individually search for a way out. This is what each person should put into practice.
If what you say can give people a path to walk, then that amounts to you having reality. No matter what you say, you must bring people into practice and give them all a path they can follow. It is not about only making it so that people have knowledge, but more importantly, it is about having the path to walk. For people to believe in God, they must walk the path along which God’s work leads them. That is, the process of believing in God is the process of walking the path on which the Holy Spirit leads you. Accordingly, you must have a path you can walk on no matter what, and you must walk onto the path of being perfected by God. Don’t stretch it out too long, and don’t get involved in too much. Only if you walk the path on which God leads without causing interruptions can you receive the work of the Holy Spirit and have the path of entry. Only this counts as fitting God’s intentions and fulfilling man’s duty. As an individual in this stream, each person should fulfill their duty properly, do more of what people should be doing, and don’t act willfully. People carrying out work must make their words clear, people who follow must focus more on enduring hardship and obeying, and each person must keep to their place and not step out of line. It should be clear in the heart of each person how they should practice and what function they should fulfill. Take the path on which the Holy Spirit leads; do not go astray or be erroneous. You must see today’s work clearly. Entering into today’s work method is what you should practice. It is the first thing you must enter. Don’t waste any more words on other things. Doing the work of God’s house today is your responsibility, entering today’s work method is your duty, and practicing today’s truth is your burden.
a. The spirit of the prime minister: A classic Chinese saying used to describe a person who is broad-minded and generous.