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(IX) Classic Words on How to Devotedly Fulfill Your Duty

217. As members of the human race and devout Christians, it is the responsibility and obligation of us all to offer up our mind and body 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, much more unworthy of God, who has provided us with everything.

from “God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

218. As a creature of God, man should seek to perform the duty of a creature of God, and seek to love God without making other choices, for God is worthy of man’s love. Those who seek to love God should not seek any personal benefits or that which they personally long for; this is the most correct means of pursuit.

from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

219. 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 bounden duty and should not depend on recompense, conditions, or reasons. Only then is that doing his duty. A man who is blessed enjoys goodness upon being made perfect after judgment. A man who is cursed receives punishment when his disposition remains unchanged following chastisement and judgment, that is, he has not been made perfect. As a created being, man ought to fulfill his duty, do what he ought to do, and do what he is able to do, regardless of whether he will be blessed or cursed. This is the very basic condition for man, as one who seeks after God. 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: If man is able to do his duty, it means he performs what he ought to do. If man is unable to do his duty, it shows the rebelliousness of man. It is always 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 truths you shall receive, and so too shall your expression become more real. 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 men do not do their duty in the practice of truth, and do not practice truth in the fulfillment of their duty. Such men are those who remain unchanged and will be cursed. Not only are their expressions impure, but what they express is nothing but wickedness.

from “The Difference Between the Ministry of the Incarnate God and the Duty of Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

220. Muddling through things is a great taboo in performing your duty. If you do this, you will not be able to perform your duty adequately. You must put your heart into it—this is an opportunity that is very hard for us to come by! When God gives you an opportunity that you don’t take hold of, it is lost. Once it has been lost, if you look for another opportunity later to perform your duty, it will be gone. God’s work waits for no man, nor does the opportunity to perform your duty! Some people say: “In the past when I performed my duty I didn’t do it well. I’d still like to perform this duty now, put my heart into it, and put some effort into it. Now I have strength and I am determined—I’ll be able to seize the opportunity and fulfill my duty well!” That opportunity is gone! Are there a lot of these opportunities? (No.) Ah, there are not many opportunities. You must take hold of them. When your duty comes upon you and you have to put effort into it, expend yourself, and dedicate your body, your mind, as well as your time, do not hold anything back, hide anything, or leave room for leeway. If you leave room for leeway, play games, or try to skate through, that work certainly will not be done well.

from “The Key to Entering Into Life Must Start From Fulfilling Your Duty” in Records of Christ’s Talks

221. If when you do things you put a little more heart into it, a little more positivity, responsibility, and consideration, you will be able to give it more effort. When you give it more effort, the results of the duty that you perform will improve. The results will be better, and this will satisfy both people and God. You have to put your heart into it! You can’t be absent-minded, as if you were working for an unbeliever, and you just made money based on the time you’d spent, no matter what. If you have that kind of attitude, you’re finished. You can’t possibly perform your duty well. What kind of humanity is this? Do heartless people still have humanity? They don’t. If you say that you have humanity, you are able to put the truth into practice, and you want to perform your duty well, then you should put more effort into your duty and put your heart into it more. You say that you have your heart, but you never put your heart into it—what use is that heart? The things that you do and think about that you put your heart into are of no use. Is that acceptable? (No.) You should give careful thought to these things—you must understand them all. Whether the duty that you perform is routine or not, or whether it’s dull or exciting, you must have entry into life.

from “The Key to Entering Into Life Must Start From Fulfilling Your Duty” in Records of Christ’s Talks

222. People always need to look into themselves when performing their duty. “Have I adequately fulfilled this duty? Did I put my heart into it? Did I just muddle through it—were there those conditions?” If those things occurred that’s really not good; that is dangerous. To put it in smaller terms, that person doesn’t have any credibility—people cannot trust them. To put it in broader terms, if they always muddle through their duty, if they do this in front of God, the danger is great! What are the consequences of being knowingly deceitful? Looking at the short term, they have a corrupt disposition, frequently have transgressions but do not repent, do not know how to put the truth into practice nor do they put it into practice. In the long term, if they always do things like that, their outcome will be ruined. That is a problem! What is this called? They do not make large mistakes but never stop making small mistakes. In the end, the consequences of this cannot be remedied. It’s very serious!

from “The Key to Entering Into Life Must Start From Fulfilling Your Duty” in Records of Christ’s Talks

223. People’s internal conditions are constantly changing, but no matter how they change, it’s not right to do things according to your mood. Regardless of your mood, you have to know that you must come in front of God, you have to make adjustments and have entry into life. … If you do not have this, you yourself will never be able to gain a hold on your internal conditions—whether they’re correct or incorrect, how you do things, if God is satisfied or not, whether your duty has been fulfilled acceptably, whether you muddled through it, whether you skated through—if you don’t pay attention to these things, are you genuinely fulfilling your duty? This is simply going through the motions. … Someone might think: “I’m in a good mood today; I’ve performed my duty pretty well.” Or, “My mood isn’t that great today—someone gave me an earful, but I’ve been performing my duty quite well—it has been acceptable. Others can’t find any fault with me—at least I am in front of God and do this facing God so that He can trust me and I can be worthy of what He has entrusted to me, and of the responsibilities and duties He has assigned to me.” They weren’t impacted by their mood; their duty was performed well, and others give them a “thumbs up,” saying: “Look at them, such a major event happened at home, their heart must be so heavy!” Or, “Such a major illness, such a great difficulty, but they don’t seem impacted. They’re able to manage their internal conditions and be normal. They haven’t abandoned their duty, their duties haven’t been impacted, and it hasn’t impacted their responsibility and faithfulness. Well, this is a good person, a truly good person who is genuinely up to standard. They are worthy of being called a creation.” Does this count as putting the truth into practice? That is putting it into practice. When they’re in a good mood they perform their duty very well—it’s up to standard, they don’t muddle through it or abandon it, they’re not insolent, but treat their daily work very seriously and responsibly. When their mood isn’t great, when objective factors are not favorable to them or when they’re a little disturbed, as soon as they start performing their duty, as soon as they start working, their heart is at peace in front of God, and they first pray, saying: “No matter how great the issues I face are, even if the sky falls, as long as God allows me to live and I am standing here, I must perform my duty well. I must be worthy of the duty that God has given me and worthy of the breath He has bestowed upon me today. For every day that I live I will complete a day of good work. No matter how great my personal difficulties are, I will put them aside—my duty comes first!” They are not impacted by any person, event, thing, or environment. They are not constrained by any mood or external environment. They put their duty first and are even able to perform it better, and put their heart into it more than usual. That kind of person has entry into life; they have entered into the reality of the truth. This is a practical expression of living out the truth—it is the most genuine, the most practical expression.

from “The Key to Entering Into Life Must Start From Fulfilling Your Duty” in Records of Christ’s Talks

225. Take fulfilling duties with devotion for example. You have some understanding about fulfilling your duties and being loyal to God, and you also understand the truths, but when will you be completely devoted to God? When will you fulfill your duties in name and in deed? This will require some time. During this process, you might suffer many hardships; people will deal with you, people will prune you, people will regulate you, compel you and force you. Everyone’s eyes will be fixed on you, and ultimately, you will realize: It’s my problem. Is it acceptable to fulfill my duties without devotion? I can’t be careless and perfunctory. The Holy Spirit enlightens you from within and will reproach you when you make a mistake. During this process, you will understand some things about yourself and will know that you are too impure, you have too many personal intentions and too many desires in fulfilling your duties. After you know this, you can gradually get on the right track and you will be able to change your actions. With regard to the substance of fulfilling your duties, how well do you really fulfill your duties? How well do you fulfill your duties in accordance with truth after transforming your dispositions? By reflecting on this, you can know how much your disposition has actually been transformed.

from “What You Should Know About Transforming Your Disposition” in Records of Christ’s Talks

226. Now I’ll teach you a secret: No matter what you encounter, whether it’s something that tests you or something that is to deal with you, or if someone gives you a dirty look, gives you a hard time, or purposely targets you, first put that thing aside, come in front of God, and return to the spirit. You can restore harmony in the spirit and readjust your state. First, in the type of actual situation that you are in, what must you do? First put it aside, and you must come in front of God and pray and say, “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.” This is the first thing that should be resolved. So then how can you perform your duty well? It’s not by going through the motions, it’s not by being present in body but absent in mind. You have to put your heart into your duty. No matter how great an issue you face, you must learn to let go of it. Put it aside and return to God, quiet your heart, and consider: “How can I perform this duty today? I did it that way before, and it doesn’t seem right to do it that way today. That would be an attitude of just muddling through. I have to change my approach to do it better, strive to do it better so that it’s flawless. The key is that I must not let God down, I must put Him at ease, and let Him see the duty that I am performing. And God says: ‘Good, not only do you listen to what I say and are obedient, but you are devoted.’” This is right. As soon as you put your effort into this, your duty will not be delayed and you will be able to perform it well.

from “The Key to Entering Into Life Must Start From Fulfilling Your Duty” in Records of Christ’s Talks

227. The ability to regulate your own state, to not be subject to the constraints and impact of all sorts of people, events, and things—the trick to this is putting your duty and your personal responsibilities first, at every moment. You have to always look into yourself, and ask: “Do I have an attitude of just getting by? Am I in a state of thinking about just getting by? Or am I doing this as well as I can? Will doing this allow God to have trust in me? Have I put my heart in front of God? Would God approve of the way I’m doing this? Is my thinking in line with principles? Will doing it this way achieve the best results?” If you ponder these things, you will perform your duty better and better….

from “The Key to Entering Into Life Must Start From Fulfilling Your Duty” in Records of Christ’s Talks

228. Do not do things before men; you should do them before God. By accepting God’s observation and inspection, your heart is set aright. If you are always concerned with acting for people to see, then your heart will never be set aright. Also, when you act do not act for yourself. Do not take into account your own interests. Do not take into account the interests of man. Do not take into account your own position, face, or reputation. First take into account the interests of God’s house. Put the interests of God’s house first. Be considerate of God’s intention. Consider these first: Are there impurities in your performance of your duty? Are you fully devoted? Have you fulfilled your responsibility? Have you expended your full effort? Do you act with all your might and heart out of consideration for your duty and the work of God’s house? You must consider these things. When you account for these things, you will not fall too short in the performance of your duty….

from “You Can Obtain Truth After Turning Your True Heart Over to God” in Records of Christ’s Talks

229. Now, regardless of whether your subjective desire is a willingness to pursue truth, or whether that desire is hazy and you are still unsure what it is to pursue truth, the simplest way of practice is to consider the interests of God’s house first. In everything think of the interests of God’s house first. Let go of your selfish desires. Let go of your individual motives, intent, concern with face and status. Put those things behind you and consider the interests of God’s house first—this is the least that should be done. If a person performing his duty cannot do even this much, then how can he be said to be performing his duty? This is not performing one’s duty. You should first consider the interests of God’s house, consider God’s interests, consider God’s work, and put these things first; only later think about the stability of your status and how others see you. Can you do this? Don’t you feel like it’s a little easier when you divide it into these steps and adjust them against each other? If you do this for a while, you will feel that satisfying God is not a difficult matter. Also, after experiencing a period of being able to fulfill your responsibility, perform your obligations and duties, set aside your selfish desires, set aside your own intents and motives, have consideration for God’s intention, and put the interests of God and His house first, you will think, “It is good to live like this! It is living straightforwardly and honestly, not being good for nothing and not being narrow-minded or base but instead living justly and honorably. This is the way that a person should live and should act.” Gradually, the desire within your heart to gratify your own interests will decrease.

from “You Can Obtain Truth After Turning Your True Heart Over to God” in Records of Christ’s Talks

230. If you do not fulfill your duty properly, then you are not a true created being. Other people might see you as an understanding wife and loving mother, a filial son or daughter, a good citizen of society, a very good housewife, husband or child. But before God, you are a person who disobeys God, a person who does not fulfill their own obligations or duty at all. You are a person who has accepted God’s entrustment but has not completed His entrustment. Tell Me, would you carry weight before God? Such a person is completely worthless before God.

from “Knowing Yourself Requires Knowing Your Deep-rooted Thoughts and Views” in Records of Christ’s Talks

231. Our lives and souls all come from God. They come not from our parents, and moreover not from this mankind or from this society or nature, but from God. … That is why there is no need for you to be obligated or responsible to anyone, but you just need to fulfill your duty as a created being toward God. This is what mankind should do above all. This is the number one thing and the most important thing in their lives that mankind should complete.

from “Knowing Yourself Requires Knowing Your Deep-rooted Thoughts and Views” in Records of Christ’s Talks

232. If you are truly possessed of conscience, then you must have a burden, and a sense of responsibility. You must say: I care not whether I will be conquered or made perfect, but I must bear this step of testimony properly. As a creature of God, one can be utterly conquered by God, and ultimately, they are able to satisfy God, repaying God’s love with the love in their heart and by completely devoting themselves to God. This is the responsibility of man, it is the duty that ought to be performed by man, and the burden that ought to be borne by man, and man must complete this commission. Only then do they truly believe in God.

from “Practice (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

234. How you treat God’s commission is a very serious matter! If you cannot complete what God entrusts to you, you are not fit to live in God’s presence and should be punished. It is Heaven’s law and earth’s principle for man to complete what God entrusts to him; this is man’s highest responsibility, as important as his life. If you do not take God’s commission seriously, then you are betraying God in the most serious way; this is more grievous than Judas and is deserving of cursing. So, God commissions man: 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.

from “How to Know Man’s Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks

235. 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.

from “God’s Work and Man’s Practice” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

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