646 The Most Beautiful Thing Among Man

1 God works to manage mankind, save mankind, and thereby give rise to the duty of mankind; and regardless of what duty man performs, this is the most beautiful and righteous thing among man. Creatures of God live under God’s dominion, they accept all that is provided by God, everything that comes from God, and so they should fulfill their responsibilities and obligations—this is their duty. For mankind to perform the duty of a creature of God is more righteous, beautiful, and noble than anything else done whilst living in the world of man; nothing among mankind is more meaningful or worthy, and nothing brings greater meaning and worth to the life of a creature of God, than performing the duty of a creature of God.

2 For a creature of God to be able to perform their duty, to be able to satisfy the Creator, is the most wonderful thing among mankind, and is something that should be celebrated among mankind. Anything entrusted by the Creator to creatures of God should be unconditionally accepted by them; for those among mankind who perform the duty of created beings, nothing is more blessed, wonderful, or worthy of commemoration—it is something positive. On the Creator’s side, He is willing to entrust this commission to each and every one of you; and on created mankind’s side, people should gladly accept this duty, treating it as their life’s obligation, as the worth they should live out in this life. There is no transaction here, this is not an equivalent exchange.

3 Given that people ought to perform the duty of created beings, the Creator has again done greater work among mankind: He provides mankind with the truth, allowing them to gain the truth from Him as they perform their duties and thereby to cast off their corrupt dispositions and be cleansed. Thus, they come to satisfy God’s will and embark on the right path in life, and, ultimately, they are able to fear God and shun evil, attain complete salvation, and be subject no longer to Satan’s afflictions. This is the main effect that God would have mankind achieve in the end by performing their duty. Therefore, as mankind performs their duty, they do not merely enjoy the value and significance that performing one’s duty as a created being brings to human life; they are cleansed and saved, and, ultimately, they come to live in the light of the face of the Creator.

Adapted from “For Leaders and Workers, Choosing a Path Is of Utmost Importance (15)” in Records of Christ’s Talks

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