What an Adequate Shepherd Should Be Equipped With
You must have an understanding of the many conditions men will be in when the Holy Spirit performs work on them. In particular, those who coordinate to serve God must have an even better grasp of the many conditions brought about by the work that the Holy Spirit performs on men. If you only talk about many experiences and many ways of entering in, it shows that your experience is too one-sided. Without knowing your true state or grasping the principles of the truth, it’s not possible to achieve a change in disposition. Without knowing the principles of the Holy Spirit’s work or understanding the fruit borne of it, it will be difficult to discern the work of evil spirits. You must expose the work of evil spirits and the notions of men and go straight to the heart of the issue; you must also point out many deviations in people’s practice or problems in believing in God so that they may recognize them. At the very least, you must not make them feel negative or passive. However, you must understand the difficulties that objectively exist for most people, you must not be unreasonable or “try to teach a pig to sing”; that is foolish behavior. To resolve the many difficulties of men, you must understand the dynamics of the work of the Holy Spirit, you must understand how the Holy Spirit performs work on different people, you must understand the difficulties of men, the shortcomings of men, see through to the key issues of the problem, and get to the source of the problem, without deviations or errors. Only this kind of person is qualified to coordinate to serve God.
Whether you are able to grasp the key issues and see many things clearly depends on your individual experiences. The way that you experience affects how you lead others. If you understand letters and doctrines, then you lead others to understand letters and doctrines. The way that you experience the reality of God’s words is the way that you lead others to enter into the reality of God’s words. If you are able to understand many truths and see many things clearly in God’s words, then you are able to lead others to understand many truths, and those that you lead will have a clear understanding of the visions. If you focus on grasping supernatural feelings, then those that you lead will also focus on supernatural feelings. If you neglect practice and emphasize talking, then those that you lead will also focus on talking, without any practice, without any transformation in their dispositions, and they will only be enthusiastic on the outside, without practicing any truths. Men all supply others with what they have themselves. The type of the person determines the path that he guides others onto, and the type of the person determines the type of people that he leads. To be truly fit for God’s use, you not only need to have aspiration, but you also need much enlightenment from God, guidance from God’s words, dealing from God, and the refinement of His words. On this foundation, you should pay attention to your observations, thoughts, pondering, conclusions, absorptions or eliminations in ordinary times. These are all paths for your entry into reality and all of them are indispensable—this is the way that God performs work. If you should enter into this method by which God performs work, then you will have the opportunity to be perfected by God every day. And at any time, regardless of whether it is a harsh environment or a favorable environment, whether you are being tested or tempted, whether you are working or not, whether you are living life as an individual or as a collective, you will always find opportunities to be perfected by God, without missing a single one of them. You will be able to discover all of them, and in this way you will have found the secret to experiencing God’s words.