63. The Principles of Preparing Good Deeds
1. You perform your duty willingly and happily, and only in order to repay God’s love, without trying to make a trade or get something in return. You carry out the work of God’s commission with a heart that loves God.
2. You loyally perform all the duties that you are able to perform and ought to perform, earnestly taking responsibility, striving for the very best, and not being perfunctory or messing around.
3. In performing your duty, you are able to devote all your efforts, pay any price, and endure any pain, remaining faithful to God’s commission from beginning to end.
4. In performing your duty, you are able to uphold God’s work. At a minimum, you are able to ensure that the work of the house of God is not interfered with, and that the lives of God’s chosen people are not harmed; in this principle, this is the very least that is asked of you.
Relevant Words of God:
If you are truly possessed of conscience, then you must have a burden, and a sense of responsibility. You must say: I care not whether I will be conquered or made perfect, but I must bear this step of testimony properly. As a creature of God, one can be utterly conquered by God, and ultimately, they are able to satisfy God, repaying God’s love with the love in their heart and by completely devoting themselves to God. This is the responsibility of man, it is the duty that ought to be performed by man, and the burden that ought to be borne by man, and man must complete this commission. Only then do they truly believe in God.
from “Practice (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
You can devote your heart and body and all of your genuine love to God, place them before Him, be completely obedient toward Him, and be absolutely considerate to His will. Not for the flesh, not for family, and not for your personal desires, but for the interests of God’s household. In everything you can take God’s word as the principle, as the foundation. That way, your intentions and your perspectives will all be in the right place, and you will be someone who gains God’s praise before Him. Those who God likes are people who are absolute toward Him, people who are devoted to Him and none other….
from “People Who Can Be Absolutely Obedient Toward God’s Practicality Are Those Who Truly Love God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
If you are 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, for you seek no reward and are simply being an honest man. If you are willing to be candid, if you are willing to give your all, if you are able to sacrifice your life for God and stand witness, if you are honest and think only to please God, and never consider yourself or take for yourself, then I say that such people are those who are nourished by the light and shall live forever in the kingdom.
from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Man doing his duty is, in actuality, the accomplishment of all that is inherent within man, that is, that which is possible for man. It is then that his duty is fulfilled. The defects of man during man’s service are gradually reduced through progressive experience and the process of his experience of judgment; they do not hinder or affect man’s duty. Those who cease to serve or yield and fall back in fear of the defects that may exist in service are the most cowardly of all men. If man cannot express what he ought to express during service or achieve what is inherently possible for him, and instead fools about and goes through the motions, he has lost the function that a created being should have. This kind of man is considered a mediocre nonentity and useless waste of space; how can one such as this be dignified with the title of a created being? … If man fails to fulfill his duty, he ought to feel guilt and indebtedness; he ought to despise his weakness and uselessness, his rebelliousness and corruptness, and moreover, ought to sacrifice his life and blood for God. Only then is he a created being who truly loves God, and only such kind of man is worthy of enjoying the blessings and promise of God, and of being made perfect by Him. And what of the majority of you? How do you treat the God who lives among you? How have you done your duty before Him? Have you done all you were called upon to do, even at the expense of your own life? What have you sacrificed?
from “The Difference Between the Ministry of the Incarnate God and the Duty of Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Ultimately, if you can say: I have nothing better, I repay God’s love with my conscience, and must have a little humanity. I can achieve nothing higher, nor is my caliber so high; I understand not the visions and meaning of God’s work. I merely repay God’s love, I do whatever God asks, and I do all that I can—I perform my duty as a creature of God—and, in this way, I feel comfort. This is the highest testimony of which you are capable. This is the highest standard required of a portion of people: performing the duty of a creature of God. You must do as much as you are able. God’s requirements of you are not too high; as long as you do what you can, then in this you are bearing testimony.
from “Practice (6)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
You should do your own duty to the best of your ability with open and upright hearts, and be willing to do whatever it takes. As you have said, when the day comes, God will not mistreat anyone who has suffered or paid a price for Him. This kind of conviction is worth holding on to, and you should never forget it. Only this way can I put My mind at ease about you. Otherwise, I will never be able to put My mind at ease regarding you, and you will forever be the objects of My distaste. If you all can follow your conscience and give your all for Me, spare no effort for My work, and devote a lifetime of effort to My gospel work, then won’t My heart often jump for joy for you? Won’t I be able to entirely put My mind at ease regarding you?
from “On Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
No matter what God asks of you, you need only give it your all. Hopefully you are able to show your loyalty to God before Him in the end, and as long as you can see God’s gratified smile upon His throne, even if it is the time of your death, you should be able to laugh and smile as your eyes are closed. You must do your final duty for God during your time on earth. In the past, Peter was crucified upside down for God; however, you should satisfy God in the end, and exhaust all of your energy for God. What can a creature do for God? So you should give yourself to the mercy of God sooner rather than later. As long as God is happy and pleased, then let Him do whatever He wants. What right do men have to complain?
from “Interpretation of the Forty-first Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
I only hope that in the last stage of My work, you are able to perform outstandingly, are fully devoted, and are no longer half-hearted. Of course, I also hope that you all have a good destination. Nevertheless, I still have My own requirement, which is for you to make the best decision in offering up to Me your sole and final devotion. If someone doesn’t have that sole devotion, that person is surely going to become Satan’s treasure, and I will not continue to use him. I shall send him home to be looked after by his parents.
from “On Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Before I leave you, I must still exhort you to refrain from doing that which is not in accordance with the truth. Rather, you should do that which is pleasing to all, that which brings benefit to all men, and that which benefits your own destination, otherwise the one who suffers in the midst of disaster will be none other than yourself.
from “Prepare Sufficient Good Deeds for Your Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
In the church, you shall stand firm in your testimony to Me, uphold truth—right is right and wrong is wrong—and do not confuse black and white. You shall be at war with Satan and must completely vanquish it so that it never rises. You must sacrifice everything to protect My testimony. This shall be the goal of your actions, do not forget this.
from Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning
2. You should do anything that is beneficial to God’s work, and nothing that is detrimental to the interests of God’s work. You should defend God’s name, God’s testimony, and God’s work.
6. You should do that which ought to be done by man, and carry out your obligations, and fulfill your responsibilities, and hold to your duty. Since you believe in God, you should make your contribution to God’s work; if you do not, then you are unfit to eat and drink the words of God, and are unfit to live in God’s household.
from “The Ten Administrative Decrees That Must Be Obeyed by God’s Chosen People in the Age of Kingdom” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The Man’s Fellowship:
At a minimum, fulfilling some duty is hardly adequate by itself to measure up to a sufficient amount of good deeds. In other words, just fulfilling a bit of duty is by no means considered sufficient good deeds. Sufficient good deeds are absolutely not as simple as people imagine. We can say that preparing a sufficient amount of good deeds requires expending oneself totally for God. Moreover, it requires paying every price, and offering loyalty from beginning to end in good faith to God’s commission before meeting God’s standards.
In fulfilling their duty there are people who have indeed paid the price, done things that have been praised by God, 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 and suffered many torments without submitting to Satan, but established testimony. Then there are people who dare to take risks without regard to personal safety or benefit, dedicated to performing dangerous tasks, in the spirit of doing boldly what is righteous. And there are those brothers and sisters who are able to devote themselves to the work of the gospel, and able to bear humiliation while using every means to gain people for God’s house. And there are 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 gain more people and satisfy God’s intentions. And many more, and 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 are still distant from the “sufficient good deeds” that God demands, and most of them perform only some good deeds and have not completely met God’s demand. That requires us to exploit our potential for fulfilling our duty and be earnest in entering deeply into the truth in order to perform sufficient good deeds. This demands that we pursue achieving the finest results in order to satisfy God’s heart, no matter what duties we are fulfilling. Especially in spreading the gospel to gain people, we must not stint on any price in how we dedicate ourselves to being able to gain more people and in using whatever ways and means to gain more people. 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 cost to ourselves. That is the best deed. If we can perform some more of good deeds such as this, then that can be considered sufficient good deeds. If the majority of people performed some of these good deeds they would be people who most make God happy and give Him joy, and they would surely be able to 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 allowing the least sign of going through the motions. To expend ourselves for God we must have loyal devotion before we can completely satisfy God’s intentions.
from “It Is Urgent to Prepare Good Deeds” in Records of Christ’s Talks