What advantage is there really in seeking the truth? What all are the results and benefits that are given to us from the truth? Is this an important matter? This is an extremely important matter! Some people say: “Seeking the truth is easy, it’s really just fact. If you really put your mind to seeking the truth, you will be able to understand the truth. However, knowing the truth is easy, but putting it into practice is difficult. After finding it I will not be able to put it into practice. So what use is there for us to still seek out the truth? Do we really have to seek out the truth?” What do you think about these words? Are there people that think like this? So we can see deep down the reason why many people have never sought out the truth, for they say: “After finding it I will not be able to put it into practice, I am afraid to practice the truth. Believing in God is okay, expending myself for God is okay, and exerting myself is also okay, but don’t always have me seek the truth, is that okay? I feel the most embarrassed about practicing the truth. As soon as you talk about practicing the truth, my head starts to swell, it feels like I have a headache!” This person likes to perform actions for God, but they don’t like to practice the truth. It’s no wonder that God says He mobilizes everything to serve God, and that all those in service to God have come.
Let’s talk about this! You’ve always been enthusiastic and willing to expend yourselves in service to God, but now do you have any interest in the truth? Have you made any progress in this regard? Isn’t it a lot better than when you first started believing? This is what is called progress. When you first started believing in God you delighted in performing actions, but now you have gone through some sort of change, and you say: “When you believe in God you cannot only rely on your enthusiasm, you also must have a real understanding of the truth. Otherwise, it would be easy to go down the wrong path or to do evil deeds! It’s better to have an understanding of the truth, the fellowship of God’s house is correct.” Now you have some understanding, but what does this mean? That the child has grown up a little, that they understand things a little better, right? So then what stage of life is your stature in? Are you like a 15-year-old or an 18-year-old? Or are you in your 20s? Some people might say: “I might be 3 or 5!” And others might say: “I’m the same as a 15 or 16 years old, I understand basic things, and in any case I have some interest in the truth, practicing the truth and seeking the truth, but I’m not that interested. If I am told to do something and my flesh will suffer a little bit, that is okay, I will still be willing to do it. I will not run away from it.” So how old do you think the person is who talks like this? Are they 17, 18 or in their 20s? What stage of life are they in? Some say they are 15, 16. Have they made some progress from before? They have gotten the will to suffer, and if they are able to get onto the right track when seeking the truth, then they will have grown up to be an adult. Do not worry that your stature does not grow higher, so long as you try to reach higher in this way you will progress quickly.
Look around now, each and every one of you who delights in listening to the fellowship in God’s house is interested in the truth. If someone wasn’t really interested, they would not listen. The words would be spoken, and they would start to drift off and fall asleep. The words would be spoken, but instead of listening they would want to chat with those around them, and after listening several times they would say, “I will not listen to this.” Then, to whomever tried to get them to come listen again, they would say, “Oh yeah, I have something to do, you guys go ahead.” They do not listen! But now, for anyone who is willing to listen, they will take more delight in the sermons the more they listen to them. “Hey! This sounds practical, this is something I’ve gone through, I’ve experienced a little bit of this myself!” Then they are interested. All the words are practical, so they are willing to listen. What is this called? How can you explain whatever this is? That’s not easy. How many years do you have to believe in God before you are willing to listen to this kind of fellowship? The words I am preaching are not humorous and they do not have any literary character, they are just plain spoken words. So why are people willing to listen? It’s that they are interested in the truth, they feel the words I am preaching are honest and true. So we can say that whoever is willing to listen to the fellowship are people that are beginning to delight in the word of God. If someone is able to listen to the fellowship and is able to have a full understanding of it, then would you say that these people have any difficulties when they read the word of God? You could say that they don’t face much difficulty in this, they are able to grasp most aspects of the word of God. At first glance they can say, “I see, I know what God is saying with these words.” They are able to understand. Is this not progress? Entry is gained from listening to the fellowship. Entry is further gained from reading and contemplating the word of God. Is this not entering the right track of having faith in God? Wait until one day when you don’t participate in church life anymore, but on your own you are still able to read the word of God, contemplate the word of God and communicate with God through prayer. What stage of life are you experiencing here? You are starting to be able to eat solid foods. You are no longer an infant feeding on breast milk. You are able to eat and drink the word of God on your own. You are able to directly communicate with God through the word of God. Is this not growing up? Is this not entering the right track of having faith in God? Do not overlook listening to the fellowship from the above. “Is it not just about concentrating your attention, and being willing to congregate, willing to listen? This doesn’t illustrate anything.” That’s wrong. This is most capable of being able to illustrate the issue! But some people might say: “Even though I do not listen to the fellowship from the above, I am still able to read and understand the word of God the same as before. I too can eat and drink the word of God.” This is the way the antichrists would speak. After saying these words do they really have an understanding? Are they really able to do this? They are deceivers. They know nothing of the reality of the truth, for if they really had the reality of the truth they would not be expelled from God’s house. If it was spoken from the above that they should be expelled, God’s chosen people would not agree. Instead they would say: “This person really has the reality of the truth, and they really have repented. We do not agree that we should expel them. We do not raise our hands for this in support of you.” Is that so? It is. It is the truth that rules in God’s house, it is the word of God that rules, it is Christ that rules. Even more so, it is the Holy Spirit presiding over everything.
Now, what lessons have we learned from practicing seeking the truth in everything we do? We have recognized that the truth exists. That is the first step, right? We have indeed found the truth in many things. Indeed, the truth can be sought out in everything. For every time someone has to make a decision, I guarantee that the truth can be sought out. For every time someone is facing a difficult situation or living in darkness, I guarantee that the truth can be sought out, for the truth is omnipresent! So, the saying “seek the truth in all things” is tenable. It’s feasible, and it’s also one of the principles of believing in God and experiencing the work of God. Since the truth really exists, after we seek out an understanding of the truth we must then also understand the intention of God and the demands God has for people. In this way we will be able to find the path of practicing the truth. If all you do is admit that the truth exists in theory, that the words of truth exist, but you do not grasp the intention of God and do not seek the way of practice, then will you be able to practice the truth? You will not be able to practice it. If all you do is admit that the truth exists in something, and you say, “All we have to do is not violate the truth and not do evil deeds,” is that so? Is it really that simple? For some things if you say you will not do an evil deed then it seems as though you can accomplish this, but other things are not of your own volition. If, when you are under the domain of the great red dragon, you are captured by it and you say, “I will not sell out, I will not do evil deeds. Everything will be okay.” Are these words reliable? If the great red dragon pries out your teeth or smashes in your bones, then you will not have the freedom to act independently. So we can say that sometimes you have to pay a price to practice the truth. People have to pay a price for one thing or another. Some pay a price for fame, some pay a price for profit, some pay a price for vanity, and some pay a price for reputation. Others pay a price for their children, others pay a price for one single object, their idol or their treasured darling. But are there any that pay a price for the truth? Just for obtaining the truth, not for obtaining the blessing of God or some other reward. The paying of a price is just for the truth, just for what’s righteous. Is there anyone like that? Very few. But these are the kind of people that God places great stock in.
Let’s think back on something that Abraham often did during the Age of Law. He would never take possession of something that others could have. Wherever he would go, when he would settle down, there would sometimes be others that would also come to settle there, and they would want to take over the land. Abraham would look around and say, “If you want to take this land, that’s fine, I will give it to you and we will go.” Abraham would not lower himself to their level, and he would walk away. So how would the people he was leading speak of him? “Our master is so weak, he is always being pushed around by others.” There was someone that had a lot of property stolen away from them, they found Abraham and asked him: “Can you help me take these things back?” “Okay, I will help you.” Then he went there and took those things back. That person said: “You have helped me take these things back, let me reward you with something.” To which Abraham responded: “I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich.” These are two different matters. There is also another matter. God said to Abraham: “Offer Me Isaac your only son.” To which Abraham responded: “This child was bestowed upon me by God, I have lived my whole life to obtain this child, but if God has asked me to offer him, then I will offer him.” Did Abraham ask what would happen if he did not offer his son and what benefits there would be if he offered his son? He did not. “In any case, God has asked me to offer him, so I will offer him. I will not seek any benefits. My son was given to me by God so he can also be taken away by God. Isn’t this how it should be? I will offer him!” That is all that God said, He did not say anything else, and Abraham made the offering. The result of this offering was unexpected, for God said He would bestow Abraham with many blessings. To which Abraham responded: “I never thought this would happen, this was not the reason I made my offering, but my word! God has blessed me.” So would you say that Abraham performed any action in order to obtain rewards or to obtain the blessing of God? What did he do it for? He felt people should be this way. He felt that people with humanity, a conscience and reason ought to act in this way. This was the bottom line, the principle by which he conducted himself. People wanted to fight with him over land, but he would respond: “You say that this is yours, you do not speak with reason, but I will not fight with you, I will give it to you and I will move to some other place.” “You want me to help you, so I will help you. Do not reward me, for I fear you would say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ I have my dignity, I will acquire on my own what I eat and what I use. I have no use for your charity. I will help you, but I will not ask for your rewards.” What is it that he was ultimately doing these things for? Did he have any hidden intentions or mixed up reasons? This was his bottom line, the principle by which he conducted himself. If he had a bottom line by which he conducted himself, then that shows that he conducted himself in a principled way. But what did he think this principle is? It is the truth! Based on what he understood of the truth, he felt he ought to conduct himself in this way. Conducting oneself like this is the true way, it is the truth. It is guaranteed that this fits in with the intention of God. So, this is how he conducted himself, even though he would suffer and even though no price would be spared for what he had to pay.