75. The Principles of Confirming One’s Station
(1) Choose your duty according to your strengths and gifts. As long as the majority of people consider your choice appropriate, you should confirm it as a duty that is yours;
(2) One who does their duty well has found their station, and one who does their duty well is standing firm in their position as a created being;
(3) One should submit to the arrangements of God’s house as they perform their duty. If they feel their duty is unsuitable, they may, in communication with leaders and workers, select suitable duties;
(4) Regardless of one’s particular duty, they should pray to God and rely on Him, and, in all matters, seek the truth and act according to the principles. In doing so, they will become able to perform their duty satisfactorily.
Relevant Words of God:
In His entire management plan, God long ago planned how many times you would come among the world of man, which lineage and which family you would be born into during the last days, what the circumstances of this family would be, whether you would be male or female, what your strengths would be, what level of education you would have, how articulate you would be, what your caliber would be, what you would look like, at what age you would come to the house of God and begin performing your duty, and what duty you would perform at what time—God long ago planned each step for you. Before you were born, when you came among man in your last several lives, God had already arranged what duty you would perform during this, the final stage of work. This is no joke! Even your being here to listen to this sermon was destined by God—this is no small thing! Moreover, your physical state, your experience at a certain age, what kinds of duty you can undertake, your abilities and skills—these were long ago destined for you by God. Which is to say, God wishes to use you, and prior to giving you this commission and vocation, He had already prepared you for it. So is it okay for you to run away? Is it okay for you to waver? You let God down by doing this! There is no greater act of rebellion than turning your back on your duty—it is a heinous sin. God’s intentions are painstakingly earnest. Countless generations ago, God had already predestined your arrival today, and given you this mission—so are you not responsible for this mission? Is it not the value of your very life? And if you do not carry out the mission given to you by God, is there any use in your living? God put you in this situation, He gave you this caliber, He gave you these abilities and skills, He gave you all the conditions to live to this age and do this thing—but you do not do it, and you run away. You want only to lead a comfortable life, to make your way in the world, to use what God gave you to serve Satan. Could God delight in this? Could it make Him happy? You do not carry out your mission, you do not complete the commission given to you by God, and you flee from God’s seat of judgment. What does God determine for such people? He annihilates them! Never again will you be born and come into this world. Never again will God entrust you with anything. Your mission is taken from you, and so you are all out of chances—this means you are in trouble! Such a person has fled from God’s gaze a single time, they have run from My seat of judgment, from My presence. They did not carry out their mission and they did not complete their commission. This is the end, it is over, their life ends here, a line has been drawn under it, and it need be mentioned no more. How tragic this is!
Today, when you perform a duty in the house of God, whether it be big or small, whether it involves physical labor or using your brain, whether it is done outside or inside the church, the duty you perform is no accident; this is not your choice, it is directed by God. It is only because of God’s commission that you are moved, and have this sense of mission and responsibility, and are able to perform this duty. Among the unbelievers, there are many who are attractive, intelligent, or capable. But does God favor them? No. God only favors you, this group of people. He makes you undertake every kind of role, carry out every kind of duty and responsibility in His work of management, and when, ultimately, God’s management plan comes to an end and is completed, what a glory and honor this will be! And so when, whilst performing their duty, people suffer a little hardship, when they have to give things up and expend themselves, when they pay a price, when they lose status, fame and fortune in the world, it seems as if God has taken those things away from them—but they have gained something bigger and better. What have they gained from God? Only when you have performed your duty well, when you have completed God’s commission for you, when you live your whole life for your mission and commission, and you live a worthwhile life—only then are you a real person! And why do I say you are a real person? Because God has chosen you, He has allowed you to perform the duty of a creature of God in His management, and there can be no greater value or meaning to your life.
Excerpted from “Principles of Carrying Out One’s Submission to God” in Records of Christ’s Talks
Since you believe in and follow God, you should offer everything to Him, and should not make personal choices or demands, and you should achieve the fulfillment of God’s desire. Since you were created, you should obey the Lord that created you, for you are inherently without dominion over yourself, and have no ability to control your own destiny. Since you are a person who believes in God, you should seek holiness and change. Since you are a creature of God, you should adhere to your duty, and keep your place, and you must not overstep your duty. This is not to constrain you, or to suppress you through doctrine, but is instead the path through which you can perform your duty, and it can be achieved—and should be achieved—by all those who do righteousness.
Excerpted from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
What are your principles for conducting yourselves? You should conduct yourselves according to your station, find the right station for you, and stand fast in your station. By way of example, there are people who are good at a profession and can grasp its principles, and they should make the final checks in this regard; there are people who can provide ideas and insights, enabling everyone else to build on their ideas and perform this duty better—they should then provide ideas. If you can find the right station for you and work in harmony with your brothers and sisters, you will be fulfilling your duty, and you will be conducting yourself according to your station. If it is yours to be able only to provide a few of your thoughts, but would like to provide other things, and you end up trying very hard to do so, yet are still unable; and then, when others provide those other things, you are uncomfortable, and do not wish to listen, and your heart is pained and constrained, and you say God is unjust, and you blame God—then this is ambition. What disposition is it that engenders ambition in a person? An arrogant disposition engenders ambition. These states can certainly arise in you at any time, and if you cannot seek the truth to resolve them, and have no life entry, and cannot change in this regard, then the degrees of qualification and purity with which you do your duties will be low. If you cannot achieve these things, then it will also be very hard for you to give God the glory He is due. Some people have talents in two or three areas, some have talent in one area, and some have no talents at all—if you can approach these matters correctly, then you will have found your station. People who have found their stations can conduct themselves according to their stations and perform their duties well. There are people who are never able to find their stations, who reach always for the pot when there is food in their bowls, who grab at anything in their interest that comes along, who always have their own ambitions, yet believe they are showing consideration for God’s intentions and loyally performing their duty—this belief is wrong, and it is an erroneous understanding of “loyalty.” If you wish to be loyal and to perform your duty satisfactorily, if this is your pursuit and your desire, you must first find the right station for you, and then do what you can with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is satisfactory, and such performance of duty has a degree of purity. This is what a real created being should do. First, you must understand what a real created being is: A real created being is not a superhuman, but a person who lives straightforwardly and humbly on the earth and is not at all extraordinary. What does it mean not to be extraordinary? It means that no matter how tall you can stand or how high you can jump, the fact remains that your actual height will not change, and you have no extraordinary ability. If you wish always to surpass others, to be ranked above others, then this is engendered by your arrogant, satanic disposition, and it is your delusion. You cannot, in fact, achieve this, and it is impossible for you to do so. God did not give you such talent or skill, and neither did He give you such an essence. Do not forget that you are a normal, ordinary member of mankind, in no way different from others, though your appearance, family, and the decade of your birth may be different, and there may be some differences in your talents and gifts. But do not forget this: No matter how different you are, it is only in these small ways, and your corrupt disposition is the same as others’, and the principles, goals, and orientation to which you must adhere in the performance of your duty are identical to others’. It is merely in their strengths and gifts that people differ.
Excerpted from “The Principles That Should Guide One’s Conduct” in Records of Christ’s Talks
Understanding what good and bad caliber is, and being clear about one’s own caliber, nature and substance, are all beneficial to knowing oneself. When people know where they stand, they’ll make less mistakes. When people have the measure of themselves, they’ll stop being arrogant, and their behavior will be more honest and proper. Not knowing oneself can cause a lot of trouble. There are some people who are of ordinary caliber, but think they are of high caliber. They believe they have a gift for leadership; inside, they’re chomping at the bit to be a leader, to head up the team, but no one ever chooses them. And does this not agitate them? When people are agitated by such things and they feel unsettled, they don’t perform their duty well, and are liable to do foolish things that cause embarrassment, senseless things that are despised by God. As such, before anything else, they must address these fundamental revelations of their corrupt dispositions by knowing themselves. That includes being arrogant, senseless, always thinking their caliber is good, that they are better than other people, that they should coach others, and so on. Once these issues have been resolved, you will be steadfast in performing your duty well, more proper in your behavior, and such external thoughts and behaviors as aggressiveness, conceitedness, haughtiness, and thinking you’re special won’t bother you, and you will have become much more mature.
Excerpted from “Understanding the Truth Is Crucial to Fulfilling One’s Duty Properly” in Records of Christ’s Talks
There is often a conflict between dreams and reality. Much of the time, people think their dreams are legitimate. Do they not know that dreams and reality are entirely different? Dreams are only what you want, they are some fleeting preoccupation, often born of willfulness or fantasy, and at odds with reality. What mistakes often occur when people have too many dreams? They ignore the work that is right before their eyes—work they should be doing in the present moment. They ignore reality, and put the duty they should be performing, the work they should be doing, their obligations and responsibilities at that very moment, to one side; they treat them lightly, and indulge in their own dreams, getting up to whatever they wish, and doing whatever they want. And that being so, these people are not only unable to truly perform their duty, but—more importantly—they also delay the work of the house of God, and disturb the work of the house of God. Many people do not understand the truth, and do not pursue the truth, either. What do they treat their duty as? They treat it as work, or as a hobby, or as an interest. They do not treat it as a task or mission given to them by God, or as a responsibility for them to bear, much less do they seek to understand the truth and the will of God in the course of performing their duty. And so, there are some who, in the course of performing their duty, suffer a little hardship and have a change of heart, and start thinking of how to get out of it. When they encounter a difficulty or setback, they backtrack, and, again, are liable to try and get out of it. Instead of seeking the truth, they think about a way out. They are like tortoises: As soon as something happens, they hide in their shell, only coming out again when it is over. There are many such people. In particular, there are some who, when asked to undertake a duty, give no thought to how to perform it loyally, how to do it properly, or how to complete this work well. Instead, they think about how to shirk their responsibility, how to avoid being dealt with, how to offload their responsibility, how to entirely absent themselves from a problem or failure when it occurs. The first thing they think about is their own escape route; before all else, they consider their own preferences and predilections, not how they can do their duty and do it loyally. Can such people gain the truth? They put no effort into the truth. For them, the grass is always greener: Today, they want to do this, tomorrow, they want to do that. Everyone’s duty seems better than the one they are doing, and they all seem easier. They simply put no effort into the truth. They do not reflect on what the problem is when they have such thoughts, nor do they solve the problem. They only ever focus on external practices, looking at who has taken the limelight, who has been recognized by the above, who gets to have contact with the above, who does not need to be dealt with when they work. These things are all they ever think about. Would you say that people who only ever think about these things are able to perform their duty faithfully? That will never happen. So what kind of people are those who perform their duty in this way? Do they pursue the truth? First of all, if one thing is for certain, it is that this kind of person does not pursue the truth. All they pursue is ingratiating themselves into the house of God, enjoying some blessings, making a name for themselves, being seen and noticed—which is no different to being in society. What kind of people are they in terms of substance? They are nonbelievers.
Excerpted from “For Leaders and Workers, Choosing a Path Is of Utmost Importance (8)” in Records of Christ’s Talks
If you wish to be devoted in everything you do to meet God’s will, you cannot merely perform one duty; you must accept any commission God bestows upon you. Whether or not it corresponds to your tastes and falls within your interests, or is something you do not enjoy or have never done before, or is something difficult, you still should accept it and submit. Not only must you accept it, but you must proactively cooperate, and learn about it and attain entry. Even if you suffer and have not been able to stand out and shine, you must still commit your devotion. You must regard it as your duty to fulfill; not as personal business, but as your duty. How should people understand their duties? It is when the Creator—God—gives someone a task to do, and at that point, that person’s duty arises. The tasks God gives to you, the commissions God gives to you—these are your duties. When you pursue them as your goals, and you truly have a God-loving heart, can you still refuse God’s commission? You should not refuse. You should accept it, right? This is the path of practice. What is the path of practice? (To be utterly devoted in all things.) Be devoted in all things to meet God’s will. Wherein lies the focal point here? It is “in all things.” “All things” does not necessarily mean things that you like or are good at, much less things with which you are familiar. Sometimes you will need to learn, sometimes you will encounter difficulties, and sometimes you must suffer. However, regardless of what task it is, as long as it is commissioned by God, you must accept it from Him, regard it as your duty, be devoted to fulfilling it, and meet God’s will: This is the path of practice. What is the path of practice? It is what you should do. You should act in this way, and only acting in this way is practicing the truth, and only acting in this way is entering the reality of the truth.
Excerpted from “Only by Being an Honest Person Can One Be Truly Happy” in Records of Christ’s Talks
People are created beings who have nothing worthy of boasting about. Since you are God’s creatures, you must perform the duty of a creature. There are no other requirements of you. This is how you should pray: “Oh God! Whether I have status or not, I now understand myself. If my status is high it is because of Your elevation, and if it is low it is because of Your ordination. Everything is in Your hands. I have neither any choices, nor any complaints. You ordained that I would be born in this country and among this people, and all that I should do is to be completely obedient under Your dominion because everything is within what You have ordained. I do not give thought to status; after all, I am but a creature. If You place me in the bottomless pit, in the lake of fire and brimstone, I am nothing but a creature. If You use me, I am a creature. If You perfect me, I am yet a creature. If You do not perfect me, I will still love You because I am no more than a creature. I am nothing more than a minuscule creature created by the Lord of creation, just one among all created humans. It was You who created me, and now You have once again placed me in Your hands to do with me as You will. I am willing to be Your tool and Your foil because everything is what You have ordained. No one can change it. All things and all events are in Your hands.” When the time comes that you will no longer give thought to status, then you will break free from it. Only then will you be able to confidently and boldly seek, and only then can your heart become free of any constraints. Once people have been extricated from these things, then they will have no more concerns.
Excerpted from “Why Are You Unwilling to Be a Foil?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
As one of the creatures, man must keep his own position, and behave conscientiously. Dutifully guard that which is entrusted to you by the Creator. Do not act out of line, or do things beyond your range of ability or which are loathsome to God. Do not try to be great, or become a superman, or above others, nor seek to become God. This is how people should not desire to be. Seeking to become great or a superman is absurd. Seeking to become God is even more disgraceful; it is disgusting, and despicable. What is commendable, and what the creatures should hold to more than anything else, is to become a true creature; this is the only goal that all people should pursue.
Excerpted from “God Himself, the Unique I” in The Word Appears in the Flesh