598 You Should Accept God’s Scrutiny in All Things

1 Those who are capable of putting the truth into practice can accept God’s scrutiny when doing things. When you accept God’s scrutiny, your heart is set straight. If you only ever do things for others to see, and do not accept God’s scrutiny, then is God still in your heart? People like this have no reverence for God. Do not always do things for your own sake and do not constantly consider your own interests; give no thought to your own status, prestige, or reputation. You must first give thought to the interests of God’s house, and make them your first priority. You should be considerate of God’s will, and reflect upon whether or not you are giving thought to the work of God’s house and whether or not you have fulfilled your duty.

2 If you are always giving consideration to the work of God’s house and to the life entry of your brothers and sisters, then you can succeed in fulfilling your duty. This is true unless you are of poor caliber, your experience is shallow, or you are not proficient in your professional work, in which case there may be some mistakes or deficiencies in your work, and the results may not be very good. However, you will have put forth your best effort. When you are not considering your own interests in the things you do, and are instead giving constant consideration to the work of God’s house, bearing its interests in mind, and performing your duty well, then you will be accumulating good deeds before God. People who perform these good deeds are the ones who possess truth reality; as such, they have borne testimony.

Adapted from “Give Your True Heart to God, and You Can Obtain the Truth” in Records of Talks of Christ of the Last Days

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