630 Waking Up to the Truth on Your Deathbed Is Too Late
1 On this road, many men can speak of much knowledge, but at their time of death, their eyes brim with tears, and they hate themselves for having wasted a lifetime and lived for naught to old age. They just understand doctrines but cannot put the truth into practice and bear witness to God, instead just running hither and thither, busy as a bee; once they are on the brink of death they finally see that they lack true testimony, that they do not know God at all. Is this then not too late? Why do you not seize the day and pursue the truth that you love? Why wait until tomorrow? If in life you do not suffer for the truth or seek to gain it, could it be that you wish to feel regret in your dying hour? If so, then why believe in God?
2 In truth, there are many matters in which man, if he devotes just the slightest effort, can put the truth into practice and thereby satisfy God. The heart of man is constantly possessed by demons and so he cannot act for the sake of God. Rather, he constantly journeys to and fro for the flesh, and profits nothing in the end. It is for these reasons that man has constant troubles and afflictions. Are these not the torments of Satan? Is this not corruption of the flesh? You should not fool God by only paying lip service. Rather, you must take tangible action. Do not fool yourself; what is the meaning in that? What can you gain by living for the sake of your flesh and toiling for fame and fortune? If so, then why believe in God?
Adapted from “You Ought to Live for the Truth Since You Believe in God”
in The Word Appears in the Flesh