Chapter 114. Only by Seeking the Principles of the Truth Can You Perform Your Duty Well

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Your duty is not managed by you—it is not your own enterprise or your own work; instead, it is God’s work. God’s work requires your cooperation, which gives rise to your duty. The part of God’s work with which man must cooperate is his duty. The duty is a portion of God’s work—it is not your enterprise, not your domestic affairs nor your personal affairs in life. Whether your duty is to deal with external or internal affairs, it is the work of the house of God, it forms one part of God’s management plan, and it is the commission God has given to you. It is not your personal business. So then, how should you treat your duty? …

No matter what duty you fulfill, you must always seek to grasp God’s will and understand what His requirements are regarding your duty; only then will you be able to handle matters in a principled way. In performing your duty, you absolutely cannot go by your personal preferences, by just doing whatever you would like to do, whatever you would be happy and comfortable doing, or whatever would make you look good. If you forcibly impose your personal preferences on God or practice them as though they were the truth, observing them as if they were the principles of the truth, then that is not fulfilling your duty, and performing your duty in this way will not be remembered by God. Some people do not understand the truth, and they do not know what it means to fulfill their duties. They feel that since they have put their heart and effort into it, and suffered as a result of forsaking the flesh, their fulfilling of their duties should be up to par—but why, then, is God always dissatisfied? Where have these people gone wrong? Their mistake was to not seek out God’s requirements, and instead act according to their own intentions; they treated their own desires, preferences, and selfish motives as the truth, and they treated them as though they were God’s preferences, as though they met His standards and requirements. They saw what they believed to be correct, good, and beautiful to be the truth; this is a mistake. Even though you might think something is right, you still must seek the principles and see whether what you are thinking meets God’s requirements. If it happens to conflict with His requirements, then it is wrong even if you think it is right, for that is a human thought, and you must discard it. What is duty? It is a commission entrusted by God. So how should you fulfill your duty? By acting in accordance with God’s requirements and standards, and by basing your behavior on the principles of the truth rather than on human subjective desires. In this way, your fulfilling of your duties will be up to standard.

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