Daily Words of God | "Work and Entry (1)" | Excerpt 190
As God perfects man and transforms his disposition, His work never ceases, because man is lacking in too many ways and falls far short of the standards set by Him. And so it can be said that, in the eyes of God, you will eternally be newborn babes, bearing very few of the elements that please Him, because you are nothing but creatures in God’s hands. If a person falls into complacency, would they not be loathed by God? To say that you are able to satisfy God today is to speak from the limited perspective of your fleshly body; if you were really to be matched against God, you would forever be defeated in the arena. Man’s flesh has never once known victory. Only through the work of the Holy Spirit is it possible for man to have redeeming features. In truth, out of the myriad things in God’s creation, man is the lowest. Though he is the master of all things, man is the only one among them that is subject to Satan’s trickery, the only one that falls prey in endless ways to its corruption. Man has never had sovereignty over himself. Most people live in the foul place of Satan and suffer its derision; it teases them this way and that until they are only half alive, enduring every vicissitude, every hardship in the human world. After toying with them, Satan puts an end to their destiny. And so people go through their whole lives in a daze of confusion, never once enjoying the good things that God has prepared for them, but instead being damaged by Satan and left in tatters. Today they have become so enervated and listless that they simply have no inclination to take notice of God’s work. If people have no inclination to take notice of God’s work, their experience is doomed forever to remain fragmented and incomplete, and their entry will forever be an empty space. In the several thousand years since God came into the world, any number of men with lofty ideals have been used by God to work for Him over any number of years; but those who know His work are so few as to be almost non-existent. For this reason, untold numbers of people assume the role of resisting God at the same time that they work for Him, because, rather than doing His work, they actually do human work in a position conferred by God. Can this be called work? How can they enter in? Humanity has taken God’s grace and buried it. Because of this, over generations past those who do His work have little entry. They simply do not speak about knowing God’s work, because they understand too little of God’s wisdom. It can be said that, though there are many who serve God, they have failed to see how exalted He is, and this is why all have set themselves up as God for others to worship.
For so many years God has remained hidden within creation; He has observed through so many springs and autumns from behind a veiling mist; He has looked down from the third heaven for so many days and nights; He has walked among men for so many months and years. He has sat above all men, quietly waiting through so many cold winters. Never once has He shown Himself openly to anyone, nor made a single sound, and He departs without a sign and returns just as silently. Who can know His true face? He has never once spoken to man, never once appeared to man. How easy is it for people to do the work commissioned by God? Little do they realize that to know Him is of all things the most difficult. Today God has spoken to man, but man has never known Him, because his entry in life is too limited and shallow. Seen from His perspective, people are wholly unfit to appear before God. They have too little understanding of God and are too far estranged from Him. Moreover, the hearts with which they believe in God are too complicated, and they simply do not hold the image of God in their innermost hearts. As a result, God’s painstaking effort, and His work, like pieces of gold buried beneath the sand, cannot emit a glint of light. To God, the caliber, motives, and views of these people are loathsome in the extreme. Impoverished in their capacity to receive, unfeeling to the point of insensibility, debased and degenerate, excessively servile, weak and without willpower, they must be led as cattle and horses are led. As for their entry in spirit, or entry in God’s work, they pay not the slightest heed, possessing not one jot of determination to suffer for the sake of the truth. For this kind of person to be made complete by God will not be easy. Thus it is vital that you set about your entry from this angle—that through your work and your entry you begin to come to know God’s work.
Excerpted from The Word Appears in the Flesh