590 You Must Seek God’s Will in All Things
1 As soon as people grow hasty in fulfilling their duties, they stop knowing how to experience; as soon as they become busy with matters, their spiritual states become troubled and they lose the ability to maintain a normal condition. How can this be so? If you are asked to do a little work, you become unbridled, unrestricted, unwilling to approach God, and distanced from God. This proves that people do not know how to experience. No matter what you do, you should first understand why you are doing it, what intention it is that directs you to do this thing, what the significance is in your doing it, and whether what you are doing is a positive thing or a negative thing. This is quite necessary to be able to act with principle. If you are doing something to fulfill your duty, then you should ponder: How should I do this? How should I fulfill my duty well so that I am not just doing it perfunctorily? You should draw close to God in this matter.
2 Drawing close to God means seeking the truth in this matter, seeking the way to practice, seeking the will of God, and seeking how to satisfy God. It does not involve performing a religious ceremony or an outward action; it is done for the purpose of practicing in accordance with the truth after seeking God’s will. When fulfilling your duty or working on something, you should always think: How should I fulfill this duty? What is God’s intention? Through drawing close to God, you seek the principles and truth behind your actions as well as God’s intention, and you do not stray from God in anything that you do. Only such a person truly believes in God. These days, whenever people come across things, they just stubbornly press on, and act according to their personal intentions. Such people do not have God in their hearts; they only have themselves in their hearts, and they simply cannot put truth into practice in anything they do.
3 Not acting in accordance with truth means doing things according to their own will, and doing things according to their own will means leaving God; that is, they do not have God in their hearts. Human ideas usually look good and right to people, and they appear as though they would not violate the truth very much. People feel that doing things in such a manner would be putting truth into practice; they feel that doing things that way would be submitting to God. Actually, they are not truly seeking God or praying to God about it; they are not striving to do it well, in accordance with God’s requirements, in order to satisfy His will. They do not possess this true state; they do not have such a desire. This is the greatest mistake people make in their practices. You believe in God, but you do not keep God in your heart. How is this not a sin? Are you not deceiving yourself? What sort of effects can you reap if you keep believing that way? Moreover, how can the significance of belief be manifested?
Adapted from “Seeking God’s Will Is for the Sake of Practicing the Truth” in The Discourses of Christ of the Last Days