Daily Words of God: Exposing Mankind's Corruption | Excerpt 335
Your destination and your fate are very important to you—they are of grave concern. You believe, if you do not do things with great care, it will mean that you cease to have a destination, that you have destroyed your own fate. But has it ever occurred to you that people who expend effort solely for the sake of their destination are laboring in vain? Such efforts are not genuine—they are fakery and deceit. If that is the case, then those who work only for the sake of their destination are on the threshold of their final defeat, for failure in one’s belief in God is caused by deceit. I have previously said that I do not like to be flattered or fawned on, or treated with enthusiasm. I like honest people to face up to My truth and My expectations. Even more, I like it when people are able to show the utmost care and consideration for My heart, and when they are even capable of giving up everything for My sake. Only in this way can My heart be comforted. Right now, how many things are there about you that I dislike? How many things are there about you that I like? Can it be that none of you has realized all the different manifestations of ugliness you have put forth for the sake of your destination?
In My heart, I do not wish to be hurtful to any heart that is positive and aspires upward, and still less do I wish to dampen the energy of anyone who is faithfully doing his duty. Nonetheless, I must remind each of you of your inadequacies and of the filthy soul that lies in the deepest recesses of your hearts. I do so in the hope that you will be able to offer up your true heart in coming face to face with My words, because what I hate most is people’s deceit toward Me. I only hope that, in the last stage of My work, you will be able to give your most outstanding performance, and that you will devote yourselves wholeheartedly, no longer half-hearted. Of course, I also hope that you can all have a good destination. Nevertheless, I still have My requirement, which is for you to make the best decision in offering up to Me your sole and final devotion. If someone does not have that sole devotion, then he is surely a treasured possession of Satan, and I will no longer keep him to use but send him home to be looked after by his parents. My work is a great help to you; what I hope to get from you is a heart that is honest and that aspires upward, but so far My hands remain empty. Think about it: If one day I am still so aggrieved, beyond the scope of words to tell, what will My attitude toward you be then? Will I be as amiable to you then as I am now? Will My heart be as serene then as it is now? Do you understand the feelings of a person who, having painstakingly tilled the field, has not harvested a single grain? Do you understand how greatly a person’s heart is injured when he has been dealt a great blow? Can you taste the bitterness of a person, once so full of hope, who has had to part on bad terms? Have you seen the wrath issuing forth from a person who has been provoked? Can you know the eagerness for revenge of a person who has been treated with enmity and deceit? If you understand the mentality of these people, then I think it should not be difficult for you to imagine the attitude God will have at the time of His retribution! Finally, I hope you all put in serious effort for the sake of your own destination, though you had better not employ deceitful means in your efforts, or else I will continue to be disappointed with you in My heart. And what does such disappointment lead to? Are you not fooling yourselves? Those who take thought for their destination yet ruin it are the people least able to be saved. Even if he were to become exasperated and enraged, who would take pity on such a person? In sum, I still wish for you to have a destination that is both suitable and good, and, even more, I hope that none of you will fall into disaster.
—The Word, Vol. 1. The Appearance and Work of God. On Destination
What Comes of Treating Your Faith Lightly
Success in belief in God is achieved through man’s actions. When they fail, it is only through their actions too. You’d do anything it takes to achieve something more difficult and with more suffering than believing in God. And you’d treat it seriously with no room for errors. These are the kinds of efforts you all put into your lives. You’ll do anything for the things you’re devoted to, but you would not do the same for your belief in God. Those who lack a heart of sincerity are failures in their belief. Aren’t there many who fail among you?
You’d deceive God’s flesh when you would not deceive kin. These are the principles you live by. What you need’s not truth and life, nor rules of self-conduct, or God’s painstaking work, instead all you have in flesh. You dismiss God’s work and don’t hear His words. God sees how lightly you treat your faith. You’ll do anything for the things you’re devoted to, but you would not do the same for your belief in God. Those who lack a heart of sincerity are failures in their belief. Aren’t there many who fail among you?
God hopes you really try for your destination’s sake, though you’d better not be deceitful, or else God will be disappointed. And where does that lead? Are you not fooling yourselves? Those who think on their destination yet ruin it are the ones least able to be saved. Even if flustered and upset, who would take pity on this person? God hopes you don’t fall to disaster and your destination is good. You’ll do anything for the things you’re devoted to, but you would not do the same for your belief in God. Those who lack a heart of sincerity are failures in their belief. Aren’t there many who fail among you?
from Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs