71. The Principles of Showing Consideration to God’s Will
1. You must understand the truth and understand God’s will, bear burden for God’s commissions, treat as urgent that which God treats as urgent and think as God thinks, and cooperate with God;
2. Understand God’s good intentions, know the price God pays and the hope He has for man, and do your utmost to satisfy God’s requirements so as not to disappoint God;
3. Fulfill all the duties you are capable of with a God-loving heart, spare no thought for personal gain or loss, but work only to repay God’s love and comfort His heart;
4. Rely on your conscience, be conscientious and responsible, and do your utmost to uphold God’s work. Be able to turn toward righteousness and do battle with the forces of Satan for the sake of ensuring the normality of church life.
Relevant Words of God:
The more you are mindful of God’s will, the more of a burden you have; the more of a burden you have, the richer your experience will be. When you are mindful of God’s will, God will give this burden to you, and God will enlighten you on the things that He has entrusted you with. After God has given you this burden, you will pay attention to the truths of this aspect when eating and drinking God’s words. If you have a burden related to the state of the brothers’ and sisters’ lives, this is a burden entrusted to you by God, and your daily prayers will always carry this burden. What God does has been entrusted to you, you are willing to carry out that which God wants to do, and this is what it means to take on God’s burden as your own. At this point, your eating and drinking of God’s words will focus on the issues in these aspects, and you will think, how am I going to resolve these issues? How am I going to allow the brothers and sisters to be released, to have enjoyment in their spirits? You will focus on solving these issues when you are in fellowship, you will focus on eating and drinking words relating to these issues when you are eating and drinking God’s words, you will be eating and drinking God’s words while carrying this burden, and you will understand God’s requirements. At this point, you will be clearer about the path to walk. This is the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit brought about by your burden, and this is God providing His guidance to you. Why do I say this? If you do not have a burden, then you do not pay attention when eating and drinking God’s words; when you are eating and drinking God’s words while carrying a burden, you are able to grasp the essence of God’s words, find your way, and be mindful of God’s will. Therefore, you should ask God in your prayers to place more burdens on you so that He may entrust you with greater things, you are better able to find a path of practice ahead, you become more effective in eating and drinking God’s words, you are able to grasp the essence of His words, and you are more able to accept being moved by the Holy Spirit.
… Some people only carry a burden when moved by the Holy Spirit, and after a period of time, they no longer carry any burdens when there is no path to practice. Your burden cannot be fully resolved simply from eating and drinking God’s words. By understanding many truths, you will gain discernment, you will be able to solve problems using the truth, and you will have a more precise understanding of God’s words and God’s will. With these things, you will develop burdens, and you will be able to perform good work only once you have a burden. If you just have a burden but you do not have a clear understanding of the truth, that won’t work either. You must have experiences of God’s words yourself, and know how to practice them, and you must first enter into reality yourself before you can provide for others, lead others, and be perfected by God.
from “Be Mindful of God’s Will to Attain Perfection” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Those who serve God should be God’s intimates, they should be beloved by God, and capable of the utmost loyalty to God. Regardless of whether you act behind people, or in front of them, you are able to gain the joy of God before God, you are able to stand firm before God, and regardless of how other people treat you, you always walk your own path, and give every care to God’s burden. Only this is an intimate of God. That God’s intimates are able to serve Him directly is because they have been given God’s great commission, and God’s burden, they are able to take God’s heart as their own, and God’s burden as their own, and they give no consideration to whether they gain or lose prospect: Even when they have no prospects, and they will gain nothing, they will always believe in God with a loving heart. And so, this kind of person is God’s intimate. God’s intimates are also His confidants; only God’s confidants could share His restlessness, and His wants, and although their flesh is painful and weak, they are able to endure pain and forsake that which they love to satisfy God. God gives more burdens to such people, and that which God shall do is expressed through these people. Thus, these people are beloved by God, they are servants of God who are after His own heart, and only people such as this can rule together with God. When you have truly become God’s intimate is precisely when you will rule together with God.
from “How to Serve in Harmony With God’s Will” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
If one has a conscience, when they see that they are of low position they should especially thank God. They hold tightly to His words, hold tightly to the grace He has given them, and even weep bitterly and say: “Our position is so low and we have gained nothing in the world. No one looks up to us, these lowly people. We are persecuted in our home environment, our husbands reject us, our wives revile us, our children look down on us, and when we’re old our daughters-in-law also mistreat us. We really have suffered no small amount, and that we now enjoy God’s great love is so happy! If it weren’t for God’s salvation of us, how could we see through to human suffering? Wouldn’t we still be mired in this sin? Isn’t this God uplifting us? I am one of the lowliest of people and God has lifted me up so high. Even if I am destroyed I still must repay His love. God can think highly of us and speak face-to-face with us, such lowly people, and even if He chastises me—what can I say? Isn’t chastisement also His uplifting? Even if I’m chastised I can still see His great power. I cannot be conscienceless—I must repay His love. I cannot be so rebellious against God. He speaks with me face-to-face and teaches me by taking my hand. He spoon-feeds me, lives with me, and suffers with me.” God’s position and His status are not the same as people’s, but His suffering is the same, and what He eats and wears is the same, only people all respect Him—this is the only difference. Isn’t everything else that is enjoyed the same? So what right do you have to have so much to say about it? God has endured such great suffering and done such great work, and you—lower than ants, than bugs—you have gained such a great elevation today. If you cannot repay God’s love, where is your conscience? Some people speak from their hearts and say: “Every time I think of departing from God my eyes fill with tears and I feel accused by my conscience. I am indebted to God. I cannot do this. I cannot be that way to Him. If I were to die and it gave glory to His work, I would be beyond content. Otherwise, even if I live I will feel no peace.” Listen to these words—this is the duty that a creature should fulfill. If a person always has this vision within them, they will feel internally clear and at ease; they will be certain of these matters. You will say: “God is not harming me and He’s not deliberately making me into a joke or humiliating me. Although He speaks somewhat harshly and it strikes to the heart, it is for my own sake. Although He speaks that harshly, He is still saving me, and He is still considerate of my weaknesses. He is not punishing me with the facts. I believe that God is salvation.” If you truly have this vision, you won’t get to the point of fleeing. In your conscience, you may feel you are wrong, you may feel condemnation, that you should not treat God that way. You think of all the grace you have gained, all the words you have heard—could you listen to them in vain? No matter who runs away, you can’t. Other people don’t believe, but you must. Other people abandon God, but you must uphold God and bear witness to Him. Others slander God, but you cannot. No matter how unkind God is to you, you still must treat Him right. You should repay His love and you must have a conscience, because God is innocent. His coming to earth from heaven to work amongst mankind was already a great humiliation. He is holy without the slightest filth. Coming to a land of filth—how much humiliation has He endured? Working in you is for your sake. If you are conscienceless in your treatment of Him, it would be better to die an early death!
from “The Significance of Saving the Descendants of Moab” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
It is no easy thing for life to grow; it requires a process, and moreover, that you be able to pay the cost and that you cooperate with Me with one accord, and thereby you shall receive My praise. The heavens and earth and all things are established and made complete by the words of My mouth and with Me anything can be accomplished. My only wish is that you grow up quickly, take the burden from My shoulders and place it as yours, do My labors on My behalf, and that shall satisfy My heart. What son would refuse his father’s burdens? What father would not labor night and day for his son? But you do not understand My will, you are inconsiderate of My burdens, My words do not carry weight with you and you do not do as My word says. You are always the master of yourselves; how selfish! You are only thinking of yourselves!
My work progresses day and night, moment by moment it never stops. This is because My urgent desire is to make you after My own heart, and that My heart will soon be comforted by you.
from Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning
When it is necessary for you to serve your function, although you don’t serve it well, you do all you can, and do it using nothing more than your love of God; regardless of what others say—whether they say you have done well, or that you have done badly—your motivations are correct, and you are not self-righteous, for you are acting in behalf of God. When others misinterpret you, you are able to pray to God and say: “O God! I do not ask that others tolerate me, nor that they forgive me. I only ask that I am able to love You in my heart, that I am certain in my heart, and that my conscience is clear. I do not ask that others commend me, or hold me in high regard; I only pursue to satisfy You from my heart, I serve my role by doing all that I can, and although I am foolish and stupid, and of poor caliber, and blind, I know that You are lovely, and I am willing to devote all I have to You.” As soon as you pray in this way, your love for God emerges, and you feel much more certainty in your heart. This is what is meant by practicing the love of God.
from “Only by Experiencing Refinement Can Man Truly Love God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
You should do your own duty to the best of your ability with open and upright hearts, and be willing to do whatever it takes. As you have said, when the day comes, God will not mistreat anyone who has suffered or paid a price for Him. This kind of conviction is worth holding on to, and you should never forget it. Only this way can I put My mind at ease about you. Otherwise, I will never be able to put My mind at ease regarding you, and you will forever be the objects of My distaste. If you all can follow your conscience and give your all for Me, spare no effort for My work, and devote a lifetime of effort to My gospel work, then won’t My heart often jump for joy for you? Won’t I be able to entirely put My mind at ease regarding you? It’s a shame that what you can do is but a pitiful and tiny part of what I expect; in this case, how can you have the gall to seek from Me what you hope for?
… I don’t like to be flattered or fawned on, or treated with enthusiasm. I like honest people to face up to My truth and expectations. Even more, I like when people are able to show the utmost care and consideration for My heart, and when they can even give up everything for My sake. Only this way can My heart be comforted. Right now, how many things are there about you that I dislike? How many things are there about you that I like? Have none of you realized all the ugliness you’ve displayed for the sake of your destination?
from “On Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Jesus was able to complete God’s commission—the work of all mankind’s redemption—because He gave every care to God’s will, without His personal plans and considerations. So, too, was He the intimate of God—God Himself, something which you all understand very well. (Actually, He was the God Himself who was testified to by God; I mention this here to use the fact of Jesus to illustrate the issue.) He was able to place God’s management plan at the very center, and always prayed to the heavenly Father and sought the will of the heavenly Father. He prayed, and said: “God the Father! Accomplish that which is of Your will, and act not according to My intentions; would that You act according to Your plan. Man may be weak, but why should You care for him? How could man be the subject of Your concern, man who is like an ant in Your hand? In My heart, I wish only to accomplish Your will, and I would that You can do what You would do in Me according to Your own intentions.” On the road to Jerusalem, Jesus felt in agony, as if a knife were being twisted in His heart, yet He had not the slightest intention of going back on His word; always there was a powerful force compelling Him onward to where He would be crucified. Ultimately, He was nailed to the cross and became the likeness of sinful flesh, completing that work of the redemption of mankind, and rising above the shackles of death and Hades. Before Him, mortality, hell, and Hades lost their power, and were vanquished by Him. He lived for thirty-three years, throughout which He always did His utmost to fulfill God’s will according to God’s work at the time, never considering His own personal gain or loss, and always thinking of the will of God the Father. Thus, after He was baptized, God said: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Because of His service before God that was in harmony with God’s will, God placed the heavy burden of redeeming all mankind upon His shoulders and made Him go forth to accomplish it, and He was qualified and entitled to complete this important task. Throughout His life, He endured immeasurable suffering for God, and He was tempted by Satan countless times, but He was never disheartened. …
If, like Jesus, you are able to give every care to God’s burden, and turn your back on your flesh, God will entrust His important tasks to you, so that you will meet the conditions of serving God. Only under such circumstances will you dare to say that you are carrying out God’s will and completing His commission, only then will you dare say you are truly serving God.
from “How to Serve in Harmony With God’s Will” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
You can devote your heart and body and all of your genuine love to God, place them before Him, be completely obedient toward Him, and be absolutely considerate to His will. Not for the flesh, not for family, and not for your personal desires, but for the interests of God’s household. In everything you can take God’s word as the principle, as the foundation. That way, your intentions and your perspectives will all be in the right place, and you will be someone who gains God’s praise before Him.
from “People Who Can Be Absolutely Obedient Toward God’s Practicality Are Those Who Truly Love God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
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. Today, is what you do in the church the fulfillment of your responsibility? This depends on whether you are emburdened, and upon your own knowledge. In experiencing this work, if man is conquered and has true knowledge, then you will be capable of obedience regardless of your own prospects or fate. In this way, God’s great work will be realized in its entirety….
from “Practice (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
There was no eating and drinking in this meeting; all have said that they would be considerate of God’s burden and defend the testimony of the church. Yet, who has really been considerate of God’s burden? Ask yourself: Are you someone who has shown consideration for God’s burden? Can you be righteous for God? Can you stand up and speak for Me? Can you steadfastly put the truth into practice? Are you bold enough to fight against all of Satan’s deeds? Would you be able to put your emotions aside and expose Satan for the sake of My truth? Can you allow My will to be fulfilled in you? Have you offered up your heart when the crucial time comes? Are you someone who does My will? Ask yourself and think about it often.
from Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning