29. The Principles of Being Absolutely Devoted to God
1. Your heart must be able to be absolutely devoted to God, with a lifelong dedication to expend for God; you are not to make plans for your own future, but must live only to carry out God’s will;
2. Be absolutely devoted to God’s commissions, be responsible to God in the performance of your duties, do not be slipshod in work, and be able to pay the price and bear testimony to satisfy God;
3. Be absolutely devoted to God’s utterances, do not worship any person in your heart, defer to God’s words in all things, and do not look up to man, rely on man or be restrained by man;
4. Absolutely obey God’s orchestrations and arrangements; as long as it arises from God, then obey it with determination, and be like Peter—obedient unto death without complaint.
Relevant Words of God:
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
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.
from “How to Serve in Harmony With God’s Will” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Peter saw that he had done nothing for Jesus and remembered his previous oath to give his life for God. And so, he no longer complained, and his prayers afterward grew much better. He prayed, saying: “Lord Jesus Christ! I once left You, and You too once left me. We have spent time apart, and time together in company. Yet You love me more than all else. I have repeatedly rebelled against You and repeatedly grieved You. How can I forget such things? The work You have done in me and what You have entrusted me with I always bear in mind, I never forget. With the work You have done in me I have tried my best. You know what I can do, and You further know what role I can play. Your wish is my command and I will dedicate everything I have to You. Only You know what I can do for You. Although Satan fooled me so much and I rebelled against You, I believe You do not remember me for those transgressions, that You do not treat me based on them. I wish to dedicate my entire life to You. I ask for nothing, and neither do I have other hopes or plans; I only wish to act according to Your intention and to do Your will. I will drink from Your bitter cup, and I am Yours to command.”
from “How Peter Came to Know Jesus” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
How should you treat God’s commission? This is a very serious matter! If you cannot complete what God entrusts to you, you are not fit to live in God’s presence and should be punished. It is Heaven’s law and earth’s principle for man to complete what God entrusts to him; this is man’s highest responsibility, as important as his life. If you do not take God’s commission seriously, then you are betraying God in the most serious way; this is more grievous than Judas and is deserving of cursing. So, God commissions man: This is an exaltation and special favor from God, a most glorious thing. Everything else can be abandoned—even if one has to sacrifice his life he must still fulfill God’s commission. You see, there is even more truth to be sought here.
from “How to Know Man’s Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks
If you are very glad to be a service-doer in the house of God, working diligently and conscientiously in obscurity, always giving and never taking, then I say that you are a loyal saint, because you seek no reward and are simply being an honest man. If you are willing to be candid, if you are willing to expend your all, if you are able to sacrifice your life for God and stand witness, if you are honest to the point where you know only to satisfy God and not to consider yourself or take for yourself, then I say that these people are those who are nourished in the light and who shall live forever in the kingdom.
from “Three Admonitions” 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?
from “On Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
I only hope you will not waste My painstaking efforts and moreover, that you can understand all the care and thought I have expended, treating My words as the foundation of how you behave as a human being. Whether it be words you are willing to listen to or not, whether it be words you enjoy accepting or accept uncomfortably, you must take them seriously. Otherwise, your casual and unconcerned dispositions and demeanors will really upset Me and, even more, disgust Me. I very much hope that all of you can read My words over and over again—thousands of times—and even know them by heart. Only that way can you not fail My expectations of you. However, none of you are living like this now. On the contrary, all of you are immersed in a debauched life of eating and drinking your fill, and none of you use My words to enrich your hearts and souls. This is the reason I have concluded that mankind’s true face is one that will always betray Me and no one can be absolutely faithful to My words.
from “A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
God requires the singular love of man, and He requires man to be occupied by His words and man’s love for Him. To live within God’s words, to discover that which man should seek from within His words, to love God as a result of His words, to run around for the sake of God’s words, to live for God’s words—these are all things that man should achieve. Everything must be built on God’s words, and only then will man be able to meet God’s requirements. If man is not equipped with God’s words, he is nothing but a maggot who is possessed by Satan. Weigh it in your own heart—how many words of God have taken root inside of you? In which things are you living in accordance with God’s words? In which things have you not been living in accordance with God’s words? If they have not fully taken hold of you, then to what extent have they taken hold of you? In your everyday life, are you being controlled by Satan, or are you being guided by God’s words? Are your prayers initiated from His words? Have you come out of your negative state through the enlightenment of God’s words? To take God’s words as the foundation of your existence, this is what everyone should enter into. …
from “Escape From the Influence of Darkness and You Will Be Gained by God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
8. People who believe in God should obey God and worship Him. You should not exalt or look up to any person; you ought not to give first place to God, second place to the people you look up to, and third place to yourself. No person should hold a place in your heart, and you should not consider people—particularly those you venerate—to be on a par with God, to be His equal. This is intolerable to God.
from “The Ten Administrative Decrees That Must Be Obeyed by God’s Chosen People in the Age of Kingdom” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
You may say you have been conquered, but can you obey unto death? You must be able to follow to the very end regardless of whether there are any prospects, and you must not lose faith in God regardless of the environment. Ultimately, you must achieve two aspects of testimony: the testimony of Job—obedience unto death—and the testimony of Peter—the supreme love of God. In one respect, you must be like Job: He had no material possessions, and was beset by the pain of the flesh, yet he did not forsake the name of Jehovah. This was Job’s testimony. Peter was able to love God unto death. When he died—when he was put on the cross—he still loved God; he did not think of his own prospects or pursue glorious hopes or extravagant thoughts, and he sought only to love God and to obey all of God’s arrangements. Such is the standard you must achieve before you can be considered to have borne testimony, before you become someone who has been made perfect after having been conquered.
from “The Inside Truth of the Conquering Work (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Today, even if you are not a worker, you should be able to perform the duty of a creature of God, and seek to submit to all of God’s orchestrations. You should be able to obey whatever God says, and experience all manner of tribulations and refinement, and though you are weak, in your heart you should still be able to love God. Those who take responsibility for their own life are willing to perform the duty of a creature of God, and such people’s viewpoint toward pursuit is the right one. These are the people that God needs.
from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
In his belief in God, Peter sought to satisfy God in everything, and sought to obey all that came from God. Without the slightest complaint, he was able to accept chastisement and judgment, as well as refinement, tribulation and lack in his life, none of which could alter his love of God. Is this not the ultimate love of God? Is this not the fulfillment of the duty of a creature of God? Chastisement, judgment, tribulation—you are capable of achieving obedience unto death, and this is what should be achieved by a creature of God, this is the purity of the love of God. If man can achieve this much, then he is a qualified creature of God, and there is nothing which better satisfies the desire of the Creator.
from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
No matter what God asks of you, you need only give it your all. Hopefully you are able to show your loyalty to God before Him in the end, and as long as you can see God’s gratified smile upon His throne, even if it is the time of your death, you should be able to laugh and smile as your eyes are closed. You must do your final duty for God during your time on earth. In the past, Peter was crucified upside down for God; however, you should satisfy God in the end, and exhaust all of your energy for God. What can a creature do for God? So you should give yourself to the mercy of God sooner rather than later. As long as God is happy and pleased, then let Him do whatever He wants. What right do men have to complain?
from “Interpretation of the Forty-first Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The Man’s Fellowship:
Being faithful to God mainly means that a man’s heart has returned to God with true faith in God. He has a vision in his heart, and he is a man of great ambition. He can dedicate his life to God and expend for God without planning for his future. He doesn’t leave a path for himself. He lives as a man for God by offering his whole being for the expansion of God’s kingdom. His heart is absolutely faithful to God. There are three main testimonies in being faithful to God:
First, be absolutely faithful to God’s entrustment. Be responsible to God in doing your duty. Do anything for God without muddling through. Hold fast to the truth for the final request of God. Stand firmly and pay any price to bear witness in order to satisfy God.
Second, be absolutely faithful to God’s word. Pay attention to your own transformation of disposition in your pursuit of the truth. Regard every requirement of God seriously. Understand the corresponding truths and seek the paths of practice to finally meet the requirements of God. Pursue a clear understanding in every word of God and incorporate it in your heart. Regard God’s word as the truth and the foundation of existence at any time. Conduct yourself by the truth. Never desert or betray God’s word.
Third, absolutely obey God’s orchestrations and arrangements. Obey everything coming from God absolutely without compromise or personal choice. As long as it is from God, you can resolutely practice obedience and stand firmly on God’s side. Make no complaints regardless of how God treats you. Even if God requires you to devote yourself, you can obey to death without complaints. You need to possess the loyalty and obedience of Peter.
A man equipped with the practice of the three aspects above is a loyal person to God. If he is only equipped with one aspect of faithfulness, he is not absolutely faithful to God. If someone only has faithful performance in one thing, he cannot be called someone who is faithful to God. He should continue to work hard. One needs to know that he needs to have some truth in order to be a faithful person to God. Otherwise, his faithfulness to God is only for a time or matter, and he is liable to betray God in time. Those without the truth cannot have absolute faithfulness to God. Those who are faithful to God are people of great ambition who vigorously want God.”
from the fellowship from the above