7. Believers in God Should Prepare for Their Destination With Sufficient Good Deeds
Relevant Words of God:
My mercy is expressed toward those who love Me and deny themselves. The punishment visited upon the wicked, meanwhile, is precisely proof of My righteous disposition and, even more, testimony to My wrath. When disaster comes, all who oppose Me will weep as they fall victim to famine and plague. Those who have committed all manner of wickedness, but who have followed Me for many years, will not escape paying for their sins; they too, will be plunged into disaster, the like of which has seldom been seen throughout millions of years, and they will live in a constant state of panic and fear. And those of My followers who have shown loyalty to Me will rejoice and applaud My might. They will experience ineffable contentment and live amid joy such as I have never before bestowed upon mankind. For I treasure the good deeds of man and abhor their evil deeds. Since I first began to lead mankind, I have been eagerly hoping to gain a group of people who are of the same mind with Me. Those who are not of the same mind with Me, meanwhile, I never forget; I always loathe them in My heart, awaiting the chance to bring retribution upon them, which I shall relish to see. Now My day has finally come, and I need no longer wait!
My final work is not only for the sake of punishing man, but also for the sake of arranging the destination of man. Moreover, it is so that all people may acknowledge My deeds and actions. I want each and every person to see that all I have done is right, and that all I have done is an expression of My disposition. It is not man’s doing, much less nature, that brought forth mankind, but I, who nourish every living being in creation. Without My existence, mankind will only perish and suffer the scourge of calamity. No human being will ever again see the beauteous sun and moon, or the verdant world; mankind shall encounter only the frigid night and the inexorable valley of the shadow of death. I am mankind’s only salvation. I am mankind’s only hope and, even more, I am He on whom the existence of all mankind rests. Without Me, mankind will immediately come to a standstill. Without Me, mankind will suffer catastrophe and be trampled underfoot by all manner of ghosts, though no one takes heed of Me. I have done work that can be done by no other, and hope only that man can repay Me with some good deeds. Though but a few have been able to repay Me, I will still conclude My journey in the human world and begin the next step of My unfolding work, because all My rushing to and fro in man’s midst these many years has been fruitful, and I am very pleased. What I care about is not the number of people, but rather their good deeds. In any case, I hope that you prepare a sufficiency of good deeds for your own destination. Then will I be satisfied; otherwise, none of you can escape the disaster that will befall you. The disaster originates with Me and is of course orchestrated by Me. If you cannot appear as good in My eyes, then you will not escape suffering the disaster. In the midst of tribulation, your actions and deeds were not considered entirely appropriate, for your faith and love were hollow, and you only showed yourselves to be either timid or tough. Regarding this, I will only make a judgment of good or bad. My concern continues to be the way in which each of you acts and expresses himself, on the basis of which I shall determine your end. However, I must make this clear: Toward those who showed Me not the slightest loyalty during times of tribulation, I shall be merciful no more, for My mercy only extends so far. I have no liking, furthermore, for anyone who has once betrayed Me, much less do I like to associate with those who sell out the interests of their friends. This is My disposition, regardless of who the person may be. I must tell you this: Anyone who breaks My heart shall not receive clemency from Me a second time, and anyone who has been faithful to Me shall forever remain in My heart.
—The Word, Vol. 1. The Appearance and Work of God. Prepare Sufficient Good Deeds for Your Destination
I only hope that, in the last stage of My work, you will be able to give your most outstanding performance, and that you will devote yourselves wholeheartedly, no longer half-hearted. Of course, I also hope that you can all have a good destination. Nevertheless, I still have My requirement, which is for you to make the best decision in offering up to Me your sole and final devotion. If someone does not have that sole devotion, then he is surely a treasured possession of Satan, and I will no longer keep him to use but send him home to be looked after by his parents.
—The Word, Vol. 1. The Appearance and Work of God. On Destination
You should each do your own duty to the best of your ability, with open and honest hearts, and be willing to pay whatever price is necessary. As you have said, when the day comes, God will not be remiss toward anyone who has suffered or paid a price for Him. This kind of conviction is worth holding on to, and it is right that you should never forget it. Only in this way can I put My mind at ease about you. Otherwise, you will forever be people about whom I cannot put My mind at ease, and you will forever be the objects of My distaste. If all of you can follow your conscience and give your all for Me, sparing no effort for My work, and devoting the energy of a lifetime to My gospel work, then will My heart not often leap for joy on your account? This way, I will be able to put My mind entirely at ease regarding you, won’t I?
—The Word, Vol. 1. The Appearance and Work of God. On Destination
If seeking the way of the truth pleases you well, then you are someone who dwells always in the light. 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 person. 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 firm in your testimony, 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 such people are those who are nourished in the light and who shall live forever in the kingdom.
—The Word, Vol. 1. The Appearance and Work of God. Three Admonitions
Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:
Good deeds are a testimony that we have attained salvation, and they are a manifestation of our entry into the truth and the reality of God’s word. If we’ve prepared many good deeds, that means we’ve become a new person before God and we have true testimony in the aspect of being a real man. Our good deeds are what most show that we have truly repented; if we’ve prepared a lot of them, it means we possess a true human likeness. If you have believed in God for many years but have done few good deeds, then do you possess a human likeness? Do you have conscience and reason? Are you someone who repays God’s love? Where is your true faith? Where is your heart of love and obedience for God? What is the reality you have entered into? You possess none of these. Therefore, a person who does no good deeds is someone who gains nothing from their belief in God. They are someone who simply has not attained salvation from God, someone whose corruption is so deep that they have not changed one bit. Good deeds really elucidate this.
—Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life
What are enough good deeds? We can say that any duty that man can or should fulfill in his experience of God’s work, and anything that God requires of man—if man can do these things and he is able to satisfy God, then all of these are good deeds. If you can meet God’s requirements, then it is a good deed. If you have devotion to God while fulfilling your duties, then it is a good deed. If the things you do are of benefit to God’s chosen people and everybody thinks that what you are doing is good, then it is a good deed. All the things that man’s conscience and reason believe to be in accordance with God’s intentions are good deeds. Things that can satisfy God and are beneficial to God’s chosen people are also good deeds. If someone can throw everything into preparing these good deeds that we have just talked about, eventually he will be able to fulfill them, and that will mean he has fulfilled enough good deeds. … Everyone now seeks to perform their duty and pursues salvation, but it is not enough just to have resolution and desire. One must display practical behaviors and take practical action. What duties have you performed for the entry into life of God’s chosen people? What have you done and what price have you paid to meet God’s requirements? What have you done to satisfy God and repay His love? These are all things which you must reflect on. If you have done many things and paid a great price for the sake of meeting God’s requirements and for the sake of the life entry and growth of God’s chosen people, then it can be said that you have prepared sufficient good deeds.
—Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life
At a minimum, fulfilling some duty is hardly adequate on its own to constitute a sufficient amount of good deeds. In other words, just performing a bit of your duty is by no means considered sufficient good deeds. Sufficient good deeds are absolutely not as simple as people imagine. Preparing a sufficient amount of good deeds requires expending yourself entirely for God. Moreover, it requires paying every price, and being loyal to God’s commission from beginning to end in good faith; this is the only way to meet God’s standards.
In fulfilling their duty there are people who have indeed paid a price, done things that have been praised by God, who have performed their duty in ways that are outstanding, extraordinary, admirable and enviable to the point that they can be considered to have performed good deeds. Some brothers and sisters have gone to prison for fulfilling their duty, who have suffered many torments without submitting to Satan, and have stood witness. Then there are people who dare to take risks without regard to personal safety or benefit, who are dedicated to performing dangerous duties in the spirit of boldly doing what is righteous. And there are those brothers and sisters who are able to devote themselves to the work of the gospel, and they are able to bear humiliation in preaching the gospel to save people. There are also those who are diligent in the work of the gospel, enduring hardships without complaint, setting aside personal and family matters while their minds are filled with how they can spread the gospel to bring more people before God and meet God’s will. All those who have been devoted to expending themselves entirely in order to satisfy God are people who have already performed good deeds. Yet they still have a certain distance from the “sufficient good deeds” that God demands. Most people have just prepared some good deeds and have not completely met God’s requirements. That requires us to dig deep for our potential to fulfill our duty and be earnest in entering deeply into the truth in order to perform sufficient good deeds. This demands that we seek to achieve the best results in order to satisfy God’s heart, no matter what duties we are fulfilling. Particularly in spreading the gospel, no matter how great the humiliation we suffer or how much suffering we endure, as long as we can bring more people to gain salvation, we must take it as a duty regardless of the personal cost. Only this is performing the best deed. If people are able to perform more good deeds such as this, that can be considered sufficient good deeds. This is what brings God the most happiness and joy, and such people will surely receive God’s praise. Apart from this, in fulfilling our duty we must also be conscientious and meticulous, always looking to improve ourselves, and not allow the slightest bit of going through the motions. To expend ourselves for God, we must have loyal devotion before we can completely satisfy God’s will.
—The Fellowship from the Above