3. What are the differences between the outcomes of service-doers and God’s people?
Relevant Words of God:
Right now, most humans (meaning all but the firstborn sons) are in this condition. I have pointed out these things with such clarity, yet these people have no reaction and still care for their fleshly enjoyments. They eat and then they sleep; they sleep and then they eat. They do not ponder My words. Even when they are energized, it is only for a while; afterward, they are still the same as they were, completely unchanged, as though they had not listened to Me at all. These are the typical, useless humans who have no burdens; they are the most obvious of freeloaders. At a later date, I will forsake them one by one; do not worry! One by one, I will send them back to the bottomless pit. The Holy Spirit has never worked on such people, and everything that they do flows from the gifts they have received. When I speak of gifts, I mean that these are people with no life, who are My service-doers; I do not want any of them, and I will eliminate them (but as of right now, they are still a little bit useful). You who are service-doers, listen! Do not think My using you means that I favor you; it is not so simple. If you want Me to favor you, then you must be someone of whom I approve and whom I perfect personally. This is the kind of person whom I love. Even if people say that I have made a mistake, I will never renege. Do you know this? Those who render service are but cattle and horses; how can they be My firstborn sons? Would that not be nonsense? Would it not be a violation of the laws of nature? Whosoever has My life and My quality, those ones are My firstborn sons. This is a reasonable thing; no one can refute it. It must be so; otherwise, there would be no one who could play this role, and no one who could substitute for it. This is not a matter acted upon from emotion, for I am the righteous God Himself; I am the holy God Himself. I am the majestic, unoffendable God Himself!
Excerpted from “Chapter 102” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh
When God’s work is finished, if a person has gotten rid of the title of “service-doer,” shrugged this appellation off, and left this condition behind, this is a cause for celebration, is it not? What does this mean? It means that this person, in God’s eyes, is no longer a layperson or an unbeliever; they are now a member of God’s house and kingdom. A member of God’s house and kingdom—where does this title come from? How do people obtain it? It comes from having paid a price and, through understanding the truth, you have pursued the truth and arrived at a certain level of change in your disposition; you can now submit to God and revere Him, and you have become a member of His house. Like Job and Peter, you no longer have to undergo Satan’s persecution and corruption. You are able to live freely in God’s house and in His kingdom, and you no longer need to fight against your corrupt disposition; you are, in God’s eyes, a true object of creation and a genuine human. This means that the days of hardship suffered by a person who has been corrupted by Satan are completely over; now is the time of peace, joy, and happiness, in which a person can live in the light of the Creator’s countenance and live alongside God. This is something to celebrate, is it not? (Yes.) However, those other people, in the end, have still not cast off the appellation of “service-doers,” and in that moment when God’s work is concluded, they have still not rid themselves of the title of “service-doers”—that “crown of laurels” that they wear upon their heads. What does this mean? It means they will remain laypeople; it means that in God’s eyes, they will still be unbelievers. Why does it mean these two things? The reason lies in the fact that those people do not practice the truth, have not achieved a change in disposition, and cannot submit to God, let alone revere Him; as a result, they will have no part to play in God’s house and kingdom. Having no part there, where will they abide? They will abide outside of God’s kingdom. Such people will still be called “service-doers,” which means they will not be seen by God to be His followers and that they have not become members of His house. It also means they can never be God’s followers, and He does not recognize them; they can never again gain His blessings or grace. Of course, it also means they will never have a chance to share in the good blessings of God’s kingdom with Him or gain peace and joy. Such opportunities will be gone. So, for them, will this be a joyful moment to be celebrated, or a tragic one? It will be a tragic one. As for how they will be treated outside of God’s house and kingdom while bearing that title of “service-doers,” that is something that will come after, and we will not talk about it for now. In short, the way they will be treated will be enormously different from how the people in God’s kingdom will be treated—it will be different in terms of status and the treatment they will receive, and in all other aspects. Does the fact that these people have not gained the truth or achieved a change in disposition in the time God has worked and brought salvation to humanity not make them pitiable? They are so pitiable! These are some things that have been said about the title of “service-doers.”
Excerpted from “For Leaders and Workers, Choosing a Path Is of Utmost Importance (17)” in Records of Christ’s Talks
Service-doers, too, must be loyal. Regardless of your origins or why God selected you, you must be loyal to God, to any commissions God entrusts to you, and to the work for which you are responsible and the duties you perform. For service-doers who are capable of being loyal and satisfying God, what will their outcomes be? They will be able to remain. Is it a blessing to be a service-doer who remains? What does it mean to remain? What is the significance of this blessing? In status, they seem unlike God’s chosen ones; they seem different. But in fact, is what they enjoy in this life not the same as that of God’s chosen ones? At the very least, it is the same in this lifetime. You do not deny this, do you? … If you can be a loyal service-doer, are able to serve right up to the very end and can fulfill the commission entrusted to you by God, then you will live a life of value. If you can do this, you will be able to remain. If you put in a bit more effort, if you try a bit harder, can redouble your endeavors to know God, can speak a little about knowing God, can bear testimony to Him, and, moreover, if you can understand something of His will, can cooperate in God’s work, and can be somewhat mindful of God’s intentions, then you, as a service-doer, will experience a change in fortune. And what will this change in fortune be? You will no longer simply be able to remain. Depending on your conduct and your personal aspirations and pursuits, God will make you one of the chosen ones. This will be your change in fortune. For service-doers, what is the best thing about this? It is that they can become God’s chosen. If they do so, it means that they will no longer be reincarnated as animals the way unbelievers are. Is that good? It is, and it is also good news: It means that service-doers can be molded. It is not the case that for a service-doer, once God has predestined them to serve, they will do so forever; that is not necessarily so. God will handle them and respond to them in a way that befits this person’s individual conduct.
However, there are service-doers who are unable to serve to the very end; there are those who, during their service, give up halfway and forsake God, as well as people who commit multiple wrongdoings. There are even those who cause tremendous harm and bring tremendous losses to God’s work, and there are even service-doers who curse God and so on. What do these irremediable consequences indicate? Any such evil acts will signify the termination of their services. Because your conduct during your service has been overly poor and because you have gone too far, once God sees that your service is not up to standard, He will strip you of your eligibility to serve. He will no longer allow you to serve; He will remove you from before His very eyes and from the house of God. Is it that you do not want to serve? Are you not constantly wanting to do evil? Are you not consistently unfaithful? Well then, there is an easy solution: You will be stripped of your eligibility to serve. To God, stripping a service-doer of their eligibility to serve means that this service-doer’s end has been proclaimed, and they will no longer be eligible to serve God. God has no further need of this person’s service, and no matter what nice things they might say, those words will be in vain. When things have gotten to this point, the situation will have become irremediable; service-doers like these will have no way back. And how does God deal with service-doers such as this? Does He merely stop them from serving? No. Does He merely prevent them from remaining? Or, does He put them to one side and wait for them to make a turn-around? He does not. God is not so loving when it comes to service-doers, truly. If a person has this kind of attitude in their service to God, God will, as a result of this attitude, strip them of their eligibility to serve, and will once more toss them back among the unbelievers. And what is the fate of a service-doer who has been tossed back among the unbelievers? It is the same as that of the unbelievers: They will be reincarnated as an animal and receive the same punishment in the spiritual world as an unbeliever. Moreover, God will not take any personal interest in this person’s punishment, for such a person no longer has any relevance to God’s work. This is not only the end of their life of faith in God, but also the end of their own fate, as well as the proclamation of their fate. Thus, if service-doers serve poorly, they will have to bear the consequences themselves. If a service-doer is incapable of serving to the very end, or is stripped of their eligibility to serve midway, then they will be thrown among the unbelievers—and if this happens, such a person will be dealt with in the same way as livestock, in the same way as people without intellect or rationality. When I put it like that, you can understand, yes?
Excerpted from “God Himself, the Unique X” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
In the future, the people who will survive in a state of rest will all have endured the day of tribulation and will also have borne witness for God; they will all be people who have fulfilled their duties and who have deliberately submitted to God. Those who merely wish to use the opportunity to do service with the intention of avoiding practicing the truth will not be allowed to remain. God has appropriate standards for the arrangement of the outcome of every individual; He does not simply make these decisions according to one’s words and conduct, nor does He make them based on how one acts during a single period of time. He will absolutely not be lenient with regard to one’s wicked conduct due to their past service for Him, nor will He spare one from death because of any one-time expense for God. No one can evade retribution for their wickedness, and no one can cover up their evil behavior and thereby evade the torments of destruction. If people can truly fulfill their own duty, it means that they are eternally faithful to God and not seeking rewards, regardless of whether they receive blessings or suffer misfortune. If people are faithful to God when they see blessings, but lose their faithfulness when they cannot see any blessings, and if, in the end, they are still unable to bear witness for God or fulfill the duties incumbent upon them, then they will still be objects of destruction despite their having once previously rendered faithful service to God. In short, wicked people cannot survive through eternity, nor can they enter into rest; only the righteous are the masters of rest.
Excerpted from “God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together” in The Word Appears in the Flesh