Improving Caliber Is for Receiving God’s Salvation
Improving people’s caliber is requiring that you improve your abilities to receive, so that you are able to understand God’s words and know how to practice in accordance with them. This is the most basic requirement. Is it not muddled faith if you follow Me without understanding what I say? No matter how many words I utter, if you can’t get there, if you can’t understand them no matter what I say, this means you are lacking in caliber. It is because you do not possess the abilities to receive that you do not even have the slightest understanding of what I say. As such, it is very difficult to achieve the desired results. Many things cannot be said to you directly and the original effect cannot be achieved. Therefore, additional tasks have to be added to My work. It is necessary to launch this “raising people’s caliber” task among you because your abilities to receive, abilities to see things, and the standards of your lives are too poor. This is the required direction; there is no alternative, and it must be done this way so that a part of the results may be achieved. Otherwise, all of the words I say would come to nothing, and would you not go down in history as sinners? Would you not become degenerates? Don’t you know what is this work that is being performed on you and what is required of you? You ought to know your own caliber; it cannot reach what I require at all. Does this not delay the work? With your current caliber and character, there is not one of you who is fit to bear witness for Me, and there is no one who is up to the task of carrying the heavy responsibility of My future work. Don’t you feel terribly ashamed about this? How will it be possible to satisfy all of My wishes if this keeps going on? You should make your life full and rewarding. Do not let time pass in vain. There is no value in doing so. You should know what things you ought to be equipped with. Do not consider yourself to be a jack-of-all-trades. Not even close! What is there to talk about if you don’t even have the most basic knowledge of humanity? Would it not all be futile? There is not even one among you who is completely qualified in terms of what I require of human caliber. It is difficult to find someone who is fit for use. You believe you are people who can do greater work for Me and take on a greater entrustment from Me. In fact, you don’t even know how to enter many of the lessons before you, so how would it be possible to enter deeper truths? Your entry must be methodical. Don’t do it unsystematically. This would not be good. Enter from the shallowest end—read these words line by line until you achieve understanding and clarity. Each brother and sister should at least be able to read. Don’t just glance over it as if admiring flowers whilst galloping on horseback, and don’t just go through the motions. Normally, you can also read some reference works (such as grammar or rhetoric books). There is no need to read books that stimulate your mind too much (romance novels, pornography, magazines, or biographies of great men), which cause more harm than good. You must master all that you should enter and should understand. The purpose of improving caliber is none other than to help people know their own essence, identity, status or worth. What is the main thing the churches below should enter? Are people not raising their caliber now? It is imperative to hold onto this entry of becoming educated; it cannot be let go! You must understand why people’s caliber must be improved, how caliber can be improved, and which aspects to enter. You must understand the meaning of living out a normal humanity, why this work has to be done, and how people should coordinate. In becoming educated, you should be clear about which aspects are to be learned, and how one should enter. You should all know what the goal of becoming educated is. Is it not to understand God’s words and enter the truth? What is the pervading situation in churches now? If you ask a person to get educated, they forget about the enjoyment of God’s words. They do nothing all day outside of getting educated. If you require them to live out a normal humanity, they attend only to tidying up their house, cooking, or buying cooking utensils. They only care about these things and don’t know how to normally lead a church life. You have deviated in your practice if you remain in the current situation. So why are you being asked to enter a spiritual life? All you learn are these things that cannot help you achieve what is required of you. The most important thing is still life entry. The reason for doing this work is to resolve the difficulties people encounter in their experiences. Raising caliber allows you to know human nature and the essence of man—the main purpose of knowing these things is so that people’s spiritual life can grow and their disposition can change. You may know how to dress up and look good; you may have insight and wisdom, and yet ultimately, when the day comes for you to go to work, you are unable to do it. You should know, therefore, what you should also be doing while raising your caliber. Changing you is goal. Raising caliber is additional. It will not do if your caliber is not improved. It is even worse if your disposition cannot be changed. One without the other will not suffice. Having a normal humanity does not mean that you have borne a resounding testimony. What is required of you is not so simple.
When a person’s caliber has improved such that they have the sense and lifestyle of a normal humanity and also have life entry, only then will they be able to change and bear witness. When the day of bearing witness comes, there is also a need to talk about changes in human life and about the knowledge of God within. Only the combination of these two aspects is true testimony and your true gain. It will not do if you have only a change in humanity on the outside and have no understanding on the inside. It won’t do either if you have understanding and truth on the inside but you overlook living out a normal humanity. The work done on you today is not for showing others but to change you. You simply need to pay attention to changing yourself. You may write and listen daily, but it won’t work if you don’t engage in other areas of your life. You should have entry in every aspect. You should have the normal life of a saint. Many sisters dress like wealthy ladies and brothers dress like wealthy gentlemen or lords, completely losing the decency of saints. One aspect is raising a person’s caliber, which can be achieved incidentally. Another aspect of key importance is eating and drinking God’s words. Wouldn’t it be a waste of learning if your caliber is elevated but not applied because you didn’t eat and drink God’s words? Both aspects must be combined. Why is knowledge of God being brought up in the discussion of what is required of you? Is this not for the sake of the results of future work? After you have been conquered, you must be able to bear testimony from your own experiences. It won’t do if your outward appearance is one of normal humanity but you can’t express your experiences through your mouth. When you have a normal spiritual life, you should achieve normal humanity, and many aspects of normal humanity will be able to be learned incidentally. Would you say that sweeping the floor requires special training? If you need to spend an hour practicing how to hold chopsticks for eating, that’s even more unacceptable! What is included within normal humanity? Insight, sense, conscience, and character. If you can achieve normality in each of these respects, your humanity is up to standard. You should have the likeness of a normal human being and behave like a believer in God. You don’t have to achieve great heights or engage in diplomacy. You just have to be a normal human being, with a normal person’s sense, be able to see through things, and at least look like a normal human being. That will be enough. Everything required of you today is within your capabilities, and this is in no way driving a duck onto a perch. No useless words or useless work will be performed upon you. All the ugliness expressed or revealed in your life must be discarded. You have been corrupted by Satan and have too many of Satan’s toxins. All that is asked of you is to get rid of this corrupt satanic disposition, not for you to become a high-ranking figure, or a famous or great person. This is useless. The work that is done on you accords with what is inherent in you. There are limits to what I require of people. If the people of today were all asked to behave like Chinese cadres, and practice the tone of voice of Chinese cadres, train in the way of speaking of high-ranking government officials, or train in the manner and tone of speaking of essayists and novelists, then this would not do either. It would not be attainable. In accordance with the caliber of you people, you should at least be able to speak with wisdom and tact and explain things clearly. It is then that you meet the requirements. At the very least, insight and sense should be attained. At present the main thing is to cast off the corrupt satanic disposition. You must cast off the ugliness you express. If you have not cast these off, how can you touch upon supreme sense and insight? A lot of people see that the age has changed, so they don’t exercise any humility or patience, and they might as well not have any love or saintly decency either. These people are too absurd! Do they have an ounce of normal humanity? Do they have any testimony to speak of? They don’t have any insight and sense whatsoever. Of course, some aspects of people’s practice that are deviant and erroneous need to be corrected. Like people’s rigid spiritual life of the past or their appearance of numbness and imbecility—all of these things have to change. Change doesn’t mean letting you be dissolute or indulge in the flesh, saying whatever you want. Speaking carelessly cannot do. Behaving like a normal human being is to speak with coherence. Yes means yes, no means no. Be true to the facts and speak appropriately. Don’t cheat, don’t lie. It must be known what limits a normal person can reach regarding change of disposition. If that’s not known, you will not be able to enter reality.