I always thought that I had followed God for years, had been certain about this stage of God’s work, and had already eaten and drunk the truths about the vision, and so it was not necessary to eat and drink them anymore; what I badly needed now was how to practice so that my life could grow and my nature be transformed. Thus, when God’s family required us to eat and drink The Three Hundred Questions & Answers on the Truth in Christ’s Word, I only ate and drank the truths about practice and never ate and drank the truths about the vision.
One day, I read these words of God: “The vision is the foundation. If you do not pay attention to this point, then you will not be able to follow to the end. As you experience in this or that way, you will either go astray or fall and fail in your experience. You will not succeed! Those who have no great vision as their foundation will not succeed but only fail. You cannot stand firm! … Since you follow God, you must know ‘God,’ the greatest vision. This is the most important issue.” I also read these words in the man’s fellowship: “You must have the vision in your pursuit. And the truth for you to have the vision is to have the knowledge about the steps of God’s work and the kingdom beauty of Christ ruling in the future, and you also should know the background of the present time, the significance of undergoing sufferings, and what the true human life is. Only in this way can you have the vision and the goal of pursuit. When you are clear about these truths, you will know how to live to have value in your existence. With a clear knowledge about these truths, you can solve man’s various weak states.”
Pondering over these words, I involuntarily fell into meditation. Yes, only with a clear vision can one know God’s work and understand God’s intention to save man, and can he understand what the true human life is, the significance of man’s undergoing sufferings, and know how he should follow God and what he should pursue as a created being. Only in this way can he have a foundation in believing in God and not fall and fail in his experience. Think back to my past: When I was required to drop emotions and leave home to perform my duty, although I reluctantly agreed, I always resisted in my heart and did not understand why such a happy family should be broken up. When facing my relatives’ rejection and the world’s ridicule and slander, I always complained inwardly and did not understand the significance of undergoing these sufferings. When I was revealed by God and saw I had so many deficiencies and was so deeply corrupted, I wanted to write myself off as hopeless and misunderstood that God wanted to reveal and eliminate me; I didn’t understand that God revealed me just in order to better perfect and transform me. When encountering difficulties in my work, I became discouraged and disappointed, without confidence to cooperate with God; and I did not have any knowledge about God’s almightiness, not believing that all the work was being done by God Godself…. Think about all this. I always became passive and weak and complained in my experiences. Wasn’t it because I did not know God’s work and didn’t understand God’s will to save man, the true human life, and the significance of undergoing sufferings? Wasn’t all this because I was not clear about the vision?
Thank God for his inspiration. It has made me realize it is very important to equip myself with the truths of the vision. Without the vision as foundation, one will have no accurate ways of practice in his experience and cannot act to God’s will, nor can he have the transformation of his life nature. Today God has not yet done greater trying works and I even could not stand firm; in the future, God’s work will be more and more contrary to man’s notions, and if I have no vision as my foundation, I’m in danger of falling at any time.
O Almighty God, thank you for inspiring me, and I have realized that without the vision as the foundation, I won’t be able to walk to the end of this path. From now on, I will correct my errors, pay attention to equipping myself with the truths concerning the vision, put the truth into practice based on the vision, and strive to soon become a person who is clear about the vision and who can practice accurately.
Laiyang City, Shandong Province