XI Classic Words on Entering Into the Reality of the Truth
(IX) Words on Fulfilling Your Duty Adequately
104. As members of the human race and devout Christians, it is the responsibility and obligation of us all to offer up our minds and bodies for the fulfillment of God’s commission, for our entire being came from God, and it exists thanks to the sovereignty of God. If our minds and bodies are not for God’s commission and not for the righteous cause of mankind, then our souls will be unworthy of those who were martyred for God’s commission, and much more unworthy of God, who has provided us with everything.
Excerpted from “God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
105. How you treat God’s commission is a very serious matter! If you cannot complete what God entrusts to you, then you are not fit to live in His presence and should be punished. It is Heaven’s law and earth’s principle for humans to complete what God entrusts to them; this is their highest responsibility, as important as their lives. If you do not take God’s commission seriously, then you are betraying God in the most grievous way; this is more lamentable than Judas and makes you deserve to be cursed. People must gain a thorough understanding of how to view what God entrusts to them and, at the very least, must comprehend that God commissions humanity: This is an exaltation and special favor from God, a most glorious thing. Everything else can be abandoned—even if one has to sacrifice his life, he must still fulfill God’s commission.
Excerpted from “How to Know Man’s Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks
106. There is no correlation between the duty of man and whether he is blessed or cursed. Duty is what man ought to fulfill; it is his heaven-sent vocation, and should not depend on recompense, conditions, or reasons. Only then is he doing his duty. To be blessed is when someone is made perfect and enjoys God’s blessings after experiencing judgment. To be cursed is when someone’s disposition does not change after they have experienced chastisement and judgment, it is when they do not experience being made perfect but are punished. But regardless of whether they are blessed or cursed, created beings should fulfill their duty, doing what they ought to do, and doing what they are able to do; this is the very least that a person, a person who pursues God, should do. You should not do your duty only to be blessed, and you should not refuse to act for fear of being cursed. Let Me tell you this one thing: Man’s performance of his duty is what he ought to do, and if he is incapable of performing his duty, then this is due to his rebelliousness. It is through the process of doing his duty that man is gradually changed, and it is through this process that he demonstrates his loyalty. As such, the more you are able to do your duty, the more truth you shall receive, and the more real your expression shall become. Those who merely go through the motions in doing their duty and do not seek the truth shall be eliminated in the end, for such people do not do their duty in the practice of truth, and do not practice truth in the fulfillment of their duty. They are those who remain unchanged and will be cursed. Not only are their expressions impure, but everything they express is wicked.
Excerpted from “The Difference Between the Ministry of God Incarnate and the Duty of Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
107. Everyone who believes in God should understand His will. Only those who fulfill their duties properly can satisfy God, and only by completing the tasks with which He entrusts them will their fulfilling of their duties be up to par. In completing a task, when people do not put the truth into practice or seek the truth, when they do not devote their hearts to the truth, that is, when they merely use their brains to memorize, merely use their hands to act, and merely use their legs to run, then they have not truly accomplished God’s commission. There are standards for the accomplishment of God’s commission. What are the standards? The Lord Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Loving God is one aspect of what God requires of people. In fact, when God gives people a commission, when they perform their duty from their faith, the standards that He requires of them are these: with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. If you are present but your heart isn’t, if you think about tasks with your head and commit them to memory, but you don’t put your heart into them, and if you accomplish things using your own abilities, is that completing God’s commission? So what kind of standard must be achieved in order to perform your duty properly and accomplish what God has entrusted you with, and to perform your duty loyally? That is doing your duty with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your strength. If you do not have a God-loving heart, then attempting to fulfill your duty properly will not work. If your love for God grows stronger and ever more genuine, then you will naturally be able to perform your duty with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
Excerpted from “Just What People Have Been Living By” in Records of Christ’s Talks
108. No matter what you do, you should first understand why you are doing it, what intention it is that directs you to do this thing, what the significance is in your doing it, what the nature of the matter is, and whether what you are doing is a positive thing or a negative thing. You must have a clear understanding of all these matters; this is quite necessary to be able to act with principle. If you are doing something to fulfill your duty, then you should ponder: How should I do this? How should I fulfill my duty well so that I am not just doing it perfunctorily? You should draw close to God in this matter. Drawing close to God means seeking the truth in this matter, seeking the way to practice, seeking the will of God, and seeking how to satisfy God. This is how to draw close to God in everything you do. It does not involve performing a religious ceremony or an outward action; it is done for the purpose of practicing in accordance with the truth after seeking God’s will. If you always say “Thank God” when you have not done anything, but then when you are doing something, you continue to do it the way you want, then this type of thanks is just an outward action. When fulfilling your duty or working on something, you should always think: How should I fulfill this duty? What is God’s intention? Draw close to God through what you do; in doing so, you seek the principles and truth behind your actions as well as God’s intention, and will not stray from God in anything that you do. Only such a person truly believes in God.
Excerpted from “Seeking God’s Will Is for the Sake of Practicing the Truth” in Records of Christ’s Talks
109. No matter what duty you fulfill, you must always seek to grasp God’s will and understand what His requirements are regarding your duty; only then will you be able to handle matters in a principled way. In performing your duty, you absolutely cannot go by your personal preferences, by just doing whatever you would like to do, whatever you would be happy and comfortable doing, or whatever would make you look good. If you forcibly impose your personal preferences on God or practice them as though they were the truth, observing them as if they were the principles of the truth, then that is not fulfilling your duty, and performing your duty in this way will not be remembered by God. Some people do not understand the truth, and they do not know what it means to fulfill their duties. They feel that since they have put their heart and effort into it, and suffered as a result of forsaking the flesh, their fulfilling of their duties should be up to par—but why, then, is God always dissatisfied? Where have these people gone wrong? Their mistake was to not seek out God’s requirements, and instead act according to their own intentions; they treated their own desires, preferences, and selfish motives as the truth, and they treated them as though they were God’s preferences, as though they met His standards and requirements. They saw what they believed to be correct, good, and beautiful to be the truth; this is a mistake. Even though you might think something is right, you still must seek the principles and see whether what you are thinking meets God’s requirements. If it happens to conflict with His requirements, then it is wrong even if you think it is right, for that is a human thought, and you must discard it. What is duty? It is a commission entrusted by God. So how should you fulfill your duty? By acting in accordance with God’s requirements and standards, and by basing your behavior on the principles of the truth rather than on human subjective desires. In this way, your fulfilling of your duties will be up to standard.
Excerpted from “Only by Seeking the Principles of the Truth Can You Perform Your Duty Well” in Records of Christ’s Talks
110. For each of you fulfilling your duty, no matter how profoundly you understand the truth, if you wish to enter the reality of the truth, then the simplest way to practice is to think of the interests of God’s house in everything you do, and to let go of your selfish desires, your individual intent, motives, face, and status. Put the interests of God’s house first—this is the least that you should do. If a person performing their duty cannot do even this much, then how can they be said to be performing their duty? This is not performing one’s duty. You should first consider the interests of God’s house, consider God’s own interests, and consider His work, and put these things considerations first and foremost; only after that can you think about the stability of your status or how others see you. Do you not feel that it gets a little easier when you divide it into these steps and make some compromises? If you do this for a while, you will come to feel that satisfying God is not a difficult matter. In addition, if you can fulfill your responsibilities, perform your obligations and duties, set aside your selfish desires, set aside your own intents and motives, have consideration for God’s will, and put the interests of God and His house first, then after a while of this type of experience, you will feel that this is a good way to live: It is living straightforwardly and honestly, without being a base person or a good-for-nothing, and living justly and honorably rather than being narrow-minded or mean. You will feel that this is how a person should live and act.
Excerpted from “You Can Obtain Truth After Turning Your True Heart Over to God” in Records of Christ’s Talks
111. If you wish to be devoted to meeting God’s will in everything you do, then you cannot merely perform one duty; you must accept any commission God bestows upon you. Whether or not it corresponds to your tastes, falls within your interests, is something you do not enjoy or have never done before, or is something difficult, you still should accept it and submit. Not only must you accept it, but you must proactively cooperate, learn about it, and have entry. Even if you suffer and have not been able to stand out and shine, you must still commit your devotion. You must regard it as your duty to fulfill; not as personal business, but as your duty. How should people understand their duties? It is when the Creator—God—gives someone a task to do, and at that point, that person’s duty arises. The tasks God gives to you, the commissions God gives to you—these are your duties. When you pursue them as your goals, and you truly have a God-loving heart, will you refuse God’s commission? (No.) It is not a matter of whether you can or not; it is that you should not refuse. You should accept it, right? This is the path of practice. What is the path of practice? (To be utterly devoted in all things.) Be devoted in all things to meet God’s will. What is the focal point here? It is “in all things.” “All things” does not necessarily mean things that you like or are good at, much less things with which you are familiar. Sometimes you will need to learn, sometimes you will encounter difficulties, and sometimes you must suffer. However, regardless of what task it is, as long as it is commissioned by God, you must accept it from Him, regard it as your duty, be devoted to fulfilling it, and meet God’s will: This is the path of practice.
Excerpted from “Only by Being an Honest Person Can One Be Truly Happy” in Records of Christ’s Talks
112. You should each do your own duty to the best of your ability, with open and honest hearts, and be willing to pay whatever price is necessary. As you have said, when the day comes, God will not be remiss toward anyone who has suffered or paid a price for Him. This kind of conviction is worth holding on to, and it is right that you should never forget it. Only in this way can I put My mind at ease about you. Otherwise, you will forever be people about whom I cannot put My mind at ease, and you will forever be the objects of My distaste. If all of you can follow your conscience and give your all for Me, sparing no effort for My work, and devoting the energy of a lifetime to My gospel work, then will My heart not often leap for joy on your account? This way, I will be able to put My mind entirely at ease regarding you, won’t I?
Excerpted from “On Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
113. Now I will tell you about a principle of practice: No matter what you encounter, whether it is something that tries you and tests you, or a situation in which you are being dealt with, and no matter how others treat you, first you must put that thing aside and pray before God. You must return to the spirit, restore harmony in your spirit and readjust your state. This is the first thing that should be resolved: “No matter how great this thing is, if the sky falls or knives rain down, I must perform my duty well; as long as I am breathing, I cannot give up on my duty.” How, then, can you perform your duty well? It is not by simply going through the motions, nor is it by being present in body but absent in mind. You have to put your heart into fulfilling your duty. No matter how great the issue you face might be, you must put it aside and return to God, and seek how to perform your duty well to God’s satisfaction. You should ponder, “In encountering this issue today, what should I do to fulfill my duty? Previously, I only did things in a perfunctory manner, but today I have to change my approach and strive to do it better so that it’s completely flawless. The key is that I must not let God down; I must put Him at ease and let Him see that while I am performing my duty, not only do I behave well and obey, but I also am devoted.” If you practice in this way, and if you put your effort into this, then your duty will not be affected, and you will be able to perform it well. And as you continue to pray and make adjustments, your state will become more and more normal, after which you will become more and more competent in the fulfilling of your duty.
Excerpted from “Entry Into Life Must Start From Fulfilling Your Duty” in Records of Christ’s Talks
114. No matter what God asks of you, you need only give it your all. Hopefully you are able to show your loyalty to God before Him in the end, and as long as you can see God’s gratified smile upon His throne, even if it is the time of your death, you should be able to laugh and smile as your eyes are closed. You must do your final duty for God during your time on earth. In the past, Peter was crucified upside down for God; however, you should satisfy God in the end, and exhaust all of your energy for God. What can a creature do for God? So you should give yourself to the mercy of God sooner rather than later. As long as God is happy and pleased, then let Him do whatever He wants. What right do men have to complain?
Excerpted from “Chapter 41” of Interpretations of the Mysteries of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
115. Today, what you are required to achieve are not additional demands, but the duty of man, and that which should be done by all people. If you are incapable of even doing your duty, or of doing it well, then are you not bringing troubles upon yourselves? Are you not courting death? How could you still expect future and prospects? The work of God is for the sake of mankind, and the cooperation of man is for the sake of God’s management. After God has done all that He is supposed to do, man is required to be unstinting in his practice, and to cooperate with God. In the work of God, man should spare no effort, should offer up his loyalty, and should not indulge in numerous conceptions, or sit passively and await death. God can sacrifice Himself for man, so why can man not offer his loyalty to God? God is of one heart and mind toward man, so why can man not offer a little cooperation? God works for mankind, so why can man not perform some of his duty for the sake of God’s management? God’s work has come this far, yet you still see but do not act, you hear but do not move. Are not such people the objects of perdition? God has already devoted His all to man, so why, today, is man incapable of earnestly performing his duty? For God, His work is His first priority, and the work of His management is of the utmost importance. For man, putting God’s words into practice and fulfilling God’s requirements are his first priority. This you should all understand.
Excerpted from “God’s Work and Man’s Practice” in The Word Appears in the Flesh