Chapter 95. Only by Being an Honest Person Can One Be Truly Happy


On to the next line, “Though my caliber is low, I have an honest heart.” When most people hear this line, they feel good, don’t they? This matter involves God’s requirements of people. What requirements? If people are lacking in caliber, it is not the end of the world, but they must possess an honest heart and, as such, will be able to receive God’s praise. No matter what your situation, you must be an honest person, speak honestly, act honestly, be able to perform your duty with all your heart and mind, and be faithful, and you must not shirk your work, be sly or deceitful, be crafty, try to outwit others, or talk in circles; you must be a person who loves the truth and pursues the truth. … You say, “My caliber is low, but I have an honest heart.” When a duty falls to you, however, you are afraid that it might be exhausting or you cannot fulfill it well, and so you make excuses to evade it. Is this an expression of an honest person? It clearly isn’t. How should an honest person behave? They should accept and obey, and then be utterly devoted in doing their duty to the best of their ability, striving to meet God’s will. Why do this? There are several aspects of the expression here. One aspect is that you should accept your duty with an honest, sincere heart, to not think of anything else and to not be in two minds, conspiring for your own sake—this is an expression of honesty. Another aspect is that you should use all your strength and all your heart, and say, “I will reveal my all to God. This is everything I can do; I will apply all of it, and I will dedicate it completely to God.” You dedicate all you have and all you can do—this is an expression of honesty. …

… If you wish to be devoted to meeting God’s will in everything you do, then you cannot merely perform one duty; you must accept any commission God bestows upon you. Whether or not it corresponds to your tastes, falls within your interests, 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, learn about it, and have 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, will you refuse God’s commission? (No.) It is not a matter of whether you can or not; it is that 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. What is 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. …


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