Muddling through things is a great taboo in performing your duty. If you do this, you will not be able to perform your duty adequately. You must put your heart into it—this is an opportunity that is very hard for us to come by! When God gives you an opportunity that you don’t take hold of, it is lost. Once it has been lost, if you look for another opportunity later to perform your duty, it will be gone. God’s work waits for no man, nor does the opportunity to perform your duty! Some people say: “In the past when I performed my duty I didn’t do it well. I’d still like to perform this duty now, put my heart into it, and put some effort into it. Now I have strength and I am determined—I’ll be able to seize the opportunity and fulfill my duty well!” That opportunity is gone! Are there a lot of these opportunities? (No.) Ah, there are not many opportunities. You must take hold of them. When your duty comes upon you and you have to put effort into it, expend yourself, and dedicate your body, your mind, as well as your time, do not hold anything back, hide anything, or leave room for leeway. If you leave room for leeway, play games, or try to skate through, that work certainly will not be done well. You may say: “No one knows that I’ve tried to skate through—that’s great!” What kind of thinking is that? It’s fooling people and fooling God. If you fool God, will He know? (He’ll know.) He will certainly know, right? And are you sure people won’t know? (No.) Most of the time, the people who have worked with that person for a long time will know. They’re not dumb—they say: “This person is always just skating through when they do things, when they perform their duty. Their diligence, their effort is just fifty or sixty percent, or eighty percent. Eighty-five percent at the most—they don’t fully put their heart into it. They are just doing the minimum to get by and are only half paying attention. When they’re asked to do something they do a little bit and if someone is checking up on them, they do it a little better. Otherwise, they don’t do it as well. If they are dealt with they put their heart into it, otherwise they’re dozing through it and getting away with whatever they can—anyway, no one is watching!” After a while, some people realize, “This person isn’t reliable; they can’t be depended on. When an important duty is given to them they make a mess of it and you end up being deceived. So someone has to be looking over their shoulder. They can do day-to-day tasks—anything that doesn’t involve any principles.” What does it mean? With time people will see through them. They treat their own dignity and integrity as a game, until they don’t have any. If even people don’t trust them, do you think God will trust them? Would He entrust them with any major tasks? (No.) Why not? (Because they’re not worthy of trust.) They can’t be depended on! If you have someone who’s not dependable perform a task without anyone else, just that one person does it, what can you do? You have to get someone to follow them or you yourself need to quietly follow them around. If a person is dependable, you will hand over all important tasks to them. Why is this? When they handle things for you, they consider all of your needs. They are kind-hearted and responsible; when they handle tasks for someone else, when they take something on for you, it’s as if it were their own business, and they might even be more attentive than when they handle their own affairs. They think of things for you, they think of you at every step, and they are of the same mind as you. What kind of person is this? (Dependable.) Is a dependable person someone with humanity? (Yes.) So can a person with humanity perform their duty well? For someone with humanity, performing their duty just as well when no one is watching should be easy; it should be within their own personal duties. For people without humanity, who are not dependable, performing their duty as well is very taxing. You always have to worry about it, watch over them, speak up more, and inquire into things. For whatever work they do, they also ruin something. There are some undependable people without humanity who, for every bottle of vinegar you have them buy, they knock over a bottle of soy sauce. In short, people always need to look into themselves when performing their duty. “Have I adequately fulfilled this duty? Did I put my heart into it? Did I just muddle through it—were there those conditions?” If those things occurred that’s really not good; that is dangerous. To put it in smaller terms, that person doesn’t have any credibility—people cannot trust them. To put it in broader terms, if they always muddle through their duty, if they do this in front of God, the danger is great! What are the consequences of being knowingly deceitful? Looking at the short term, they have a corrupt disposition, frequently have transgressions but do not repent, do not know how to put the truth into practice nor do they put it into practice. In the long term, if they always do things like that, their outcome will be ruined. That is a problem! What is this called? They do not make large mistakes but never stop making small mistakes. In the end, the consequences of this cannot be remedied. It’s very serious!
Not doing things seriously, doing the minimum to get by—what kind of attitude toward work is this? Do you do things with this kind of attitude? Is this a problem with a person’s humanity, their caliber, or their mind? Go ahead and analyze it—where does the problem lie? If when you do things you put a little more heart into it, a little more positivity, responsibility, and consideration, you will be able to give it more effort. When you give it more effort, the results of the duty that you perform will improve. The results will be better, and this will satisfy both people and God. You have to put your heart into it! You can’t be absent-minded, as if you were working for an unbeliever, and you just made money based on the time you’d spent, no matter what. If you have that kind of attitude, you’re finished. You can’t possibly perform your duty well. What kind of humanity is this? Do heartless people still have humanity? They don’t. If you say that you have humanity, you are able to put the truth into practice, and you want to perform your duty well, then you should put more effort into your duty and put your heart into it more. You say that you have your heart, but you never put your heart into it—what use is that heart? The things that you do and think about that you put your heart into are of no use. Is that acceptable? (No.) You should give careful thought to these things—you must understand them all. Whether the duty that you perform is routine or not, or whether it’s dull or exciting, you must have entry into life. For example, if you had a camera in your hands every day, you would always have to adjust the focus. You would feel that it was just this one machine and there was no other work. It would be very monotonous, very dull—it would be a bit boring. Though what you are handling is a camera, a machine, the conditions for fulfilling your duty aren’t so simplistic. Sometimes if you’re in a good mood, you’ll think: “I’ll take a great photo. I feel good today; I’ll take a nice and clear picture, check the distance, adjust it carefully.” These are favorable conditions. Sometimes when you’re not in a good mood and you don’t know what is impacting you, it is the evil influence of the corrupt satanic disposition within you. As a result your perspective is off, your conditions are not good, and you muddle through it. People’s internal conditions are constantly changing, but no matter how they change, it’s not right to do things according to your mood. Regardless of your mood, you have to know that you must come in front of God, you have to make adjustments and have entry into life. It doesn’t matter if you’re working with a camera or a computer, or if you’re singing or dancing on stage—you must have entry into life. It doesn’t matter how boring or uninteresting your duty is—you must have entry into life. If you do not have this, you yourself will never be able to gain a hold on your internal conditions—whether they’re correct or incorrect, how you do things, if God is satisfied or not, whether your duty has been fulfilled acceptably, whether you muddled through it, whether you skated through—if you don’t pay attention to these things, are you genuinely fulfilling your duty? This is simply going through the motions. When you do things in a way unrelated to entering into life, this isn’t fulfilling your duty. It is merely doing some work, just like unbelievers who work to make money, to pass the time, and to go through the motions. That is just drudgery. No matter what duty you perform and whether it is interesting, it all has to do with entering into life. Someone might think: “I’m in a good mood today; I’ve performed my duty pretty well.” Or, “My mood isn’t that great today—someone gave me an earful, but I’ve been performing my duty quite well—it has been acceptable. Others can’t find any fault with me—at least I am in front of God and do this facing God so that He can trust me and I can be worthy of what He has entrusted to me, and of the responsibilities and duties He has assigned to me.” They weren’t impacted by their mood; their duty was performed well, and others give them a “thumbs up,” saying: “Look at them, such a major event happened at home, their heart must be so heavy!” Or, “Such a major illness, such a great difficulty, but they don’t seem impacted. They’re able to manage their internal conditions and be normal. They haven’t abandoned their duty, their duties haven’t been impacted, and it hasn’t impacted their responsibility and faithfulness. Well, this is a good person, a truly good person who is genuinely up to standard. They are worthy of being called a creation.” Does this count as putting the truth into practice? That is putting it into practice. When they’re in a good mood they perform their duty very well—it’s up to standard, they don’t muddle through it or abandon it, they’re not insolent, but treat their daily work very seriously and responsibly. When their mood isn’t great, when objective factors are not favorable to them or when they’re a little disturbed, as soon as they start performing their duty, as soon as they start working, their heart is at peace in front of God, and they first pray, saying: “No matter how great the issues I face are, even if the sky falls, as long as God allows me to live and I am standing here, I must perform my duty well. I must be worthy of the duty that God has given me and worthy of the breath He has bestowed upon me today. For every day that I live I will complete a day of good work. No matter how great my personal difficulties are, I will put them aside—my duty comes first!” They are not impacted by any person, event, thing, or environment. They are not constrained by any mood or external environment. They put their duty first and are even able to perform it better, and put their heart into it more than usual. That kind of person has entry into life; they have entered into the reality of the truth. This is a practical expression of living out the truth—it is the most genuine, the most practical expression. Would all of you say so? (Yes.) Would you say that living this way would put a person at ease? Would you need to worry about how God sees you? This is the secret to being at ease. Have you mastered this secret?
Some people say: “Today someone who spoke with me had a bad attitude, they were kind of pushing me, looking for problems. They were bullying me, finding fault with me—I’m not in a great mood. Nobody’s perfect. I’m not in a good mood, so how can I perform my duty well? I can’t just abandon my duty—when I should do it I have to just do it, so what can I do? I really feel terrible; I feel gutted. I don’t have an appetite and I’m not sleeping well. My mood is off—I feel uncomfortable. What can I do? I can just put off doing my duty for a couple of days, just push it back, or I can still do it and not delay, but I can just do it casually and go through the motions! I’m in a bad mood—anyone can understand that, everyone has things that don’t go their way. I don’t feel great today and God surely won’t force me! If my duty is delayed today then it’s delayed—it’s not a big deal. I’ll do it well tomorrow. God’s work has been carried out for 6,000 years; would He care about me delaying it by a single day?” Some small thing impacts their mood, and when it impacts their mood it impacts their duty—what is this person like? (Selfish.) Is this a good person? What kind of person is this? To put it in smaller terms, this person is childish—they have nothing going for them. They get caught up in some little thing, and don’t perform their duty, but just abandon it. Some people just sit on the floor kicking their legs: “I’m not performing my duty anymore—whoever wants to do it can do it, but I won’t. I feel so terrible now—leave me alone, everybody just leave me alone and let me have some space.” Those people throw temper tantrums and are unreasonable. They don’t fulfill their duty, they have no determination, and they put any commitments in the back of their minds. Aside from God, they dare to scold anyone. What kind of disposition is that? And there are some people who probably don’t generally express themselves that way, but they abandon their work when they’re in a bad mood. This happens too much, right? When they’re slightly impacted by a bad mood or they had bad dreams that night, they get up in the morning to perform their duty and feel listless and can’t garner their energy. What should be done in this type of situation? Is there any solution? Is there any way out? Can it be resolved? If they can’t resolve it, doesn’t it have to be resolved? Some people say: “It can’t be resolved. Besides, I don’t really want to resolve it right now, I just want to be miserable for a bit. Go with the flow! Anyway I’m not in a good mood, so no one needs to pay me any mind. They can just leave me be.” Although they are performing their duty, they are not fully present. They may be present in body, but their heart is elsewhere. So what is this? This is a lack of responsibility toward their duty as well as a lack of effort and energy. They only start to perform their duty when things get better—they are willing to not eat and not sleep, to put the entire world aside, to give up their lives. Isn’t that a little improper? (Yes.) Then why are people subject to the impact of all sorts of moods and environments? Have you looked for a reason? Are you often perplexed by this? (Yes.) Then do you know why this is? You don’t. Is this a problem that you face? (Yes.) If you don’t resolve this issue, you’ll never grow up. You will always be a child. And what kind of child? The kind of child that sits on the floor kicking their legs, screaming and crying. They don’t want whatever you try to give them, no matter how you soothe them, it doesn’t work—they just have to cry it out and make enough of a fuss. They are that kind of child. So how can you get a child out of that state?
Don’t you frequently fall into that kind of state? Someone says something out of line that doesn’t agree with you or seems targeted toward you and you feel a little uncomfortable. Or, you feel uncomfortable because they say something underhanded about you, or they speak to someone else and you think they’re saying something that has to do with you, or you speak to someone and they ignore you, they aren’t respectful to you, or you weren’t happy with how you performed your duty that day, or you had bad dreams and you feel like they were a bad omen, or there was some bad news in your family and you’re not in a good mood, you can’t gather your energy, or someone was being praised for performing their duty well and was promoted to be a leader—your mood is impacted. All sorts of things, both big and small, can have an impact on you and cause you to descend into negativity, make you downhearted and impact your duty. What are all these types of expressions? (An unstable disposition.) An unstable disposition is one aspect of it—immature humanity. And how about from the aspect of entering into life? (Always subject to the constraints of people, events and things—they can’t see things clearly.) And how does it occur that someone is subject to those constraints? What causes that? These external phenomena are all referred to as being subject to the constraints of people, events, and things. So what is the nature of this? You can’t figure it out, right? They are likely to be subject to those constraints, they tend to be negative, the slightest thing can trip them up and impact their mood and their ability to perform their duty—isn’t this all because someone’s entry into life is too superficial? Isn’t it a manifestation of someone’s immature stature? (Yes.) Oh, so that’s the reason. No matter your personality or how educated you are, how old you are, if you’re male or female, as long as your entry into life is too shallow, your stature is too immature, you will always be subject to the constraints of all sorts of things. When you experience that constraint, it will last anywhere from a few hours to several days. That thing will loom over you—you cannot forget it and you cannot rid yourself of it. If you always fall into something and cannot shake off that state, this means that your stature is too small!
In performing their duty, people currently have proactiveness and determination, they have the resolve to expend themselves for God, and to give things up and to devote themselves for Him. They have made many oaths, and some people have even said that they will give their entire lives to God and expend themselves for Him. Some people say they won’t get married, that they will do nothing else for the rest of their lives—they will just perform their duty. They have all of this, but they do not have entry into life. Without entry into life, when faced with complicated situations with people, events, and things, it is extremely difficult for people to have a hold on them; they find them difficult to deal with and lose their way, their path. They frequently feel that they cannot shake off their negative state, and that they are caught up in, constrained by, controlled by, and bound by all kinds of people, events, and things. They don’t know the most correct way to put things into practice. Isn’t that right? (Yes.) Now I’ll teach you a secret: No matter what you encounter, whether it’s something that tests you or something that is to deal with you, or if someone gives you a funny look, gives you a hard time, or purposely targets you, first put that thing aside, come in front of God, and return to the spirit. You can restore harmony in the spirit and readjust your state. First, in the type of actual situation that you are in, what must you do? First put it aside, and you must come in front of God and pray and say, “No matter how great this thing is, if the sky falls or knives rain down, I must perform my duty well. As long as I am breathing, I cannot give up on my duty.” This is the first thing that should be resolved. So then how can you perform your duty well? It’s not by going through the motions, it’s not by being present in body but absent in mind. You have to put your heart into your duty. No matter how great an issue you face, you must learn to let go of it. Put it aside and return to God, quiet your heart, and consider: “How can I perform this duty today? I did it that way before, and it doesn’t seem right to do it that way today. That would be an attitude of just muddling through. I have to change my approach to do it better, strive to do it better so that it’s flawless. The key is that I must not let God down, I must put Him at ease, and let Him see the duty that I am performing. And God says: ‘Good, not only do you listen to what I say and are obedient, but you are devoted.’” This is right. As soon as you put your effort into this, your duty will not be delayed and you will be able to perform it well. And as you continue to make these adjustments and pray, some issues with your mood will be easy to resolve. Issues with your mood are just momentary, right? Perhaps in the course of fulfilling your duty you forget some things and your mood improves very quickly. If it is really something concrete, you must learn to seek, to wait, and to obey. The moment something comes up it tests people’s stature. If you fall into it and try to think of a solution yourself, it’s no use!
The ability to regulate your own state, to not be subject to the constraints and impact of all sorts of people, events, and things—the trick to this is putting your duty and your personal responsibilities first, at every moment. You have to always look into yourself, and ask: “Do I have an attitude of just getting by? Am I in a state of thinking about just getting by? Or am I doing this as well as I can? Will doing this allow God to have trust in me? Have I put my heart in front of God? Would God approve of the way I’m doing this? Is my thinking in line with principles? Will doing it this way achieve the best results?” If you ponder these things, you will perform your duty better and better and have entry into life. When you have entry into life, you will have life itself; when you have life, you will no longer be a child. When you are no longer a child, you will be more able to see things clearly, you will not be impacted by a few words or an event, and you will no longer be subject to the constraints and disruptions of your external environment. Won’t you grow up a little by doing this? And the more you grow up, won’t you be more able to fulfill your duty well? The more you grow up and the more truth you understand, won’t you also understand more and more of how to perform your duty well and enter into the truth? And only when you understand more and more can you grow in life, isn’t that right? When you grow in life, your internal state will normalize more and more. All those things, big and small, that used to be able to bother you, control and constrain you—both those things and people—aren’t they no longer an issue for you? When you do this, your relationship with God won’t become closer and closer, but it will gradually become more and more proper. You will know how to rely on God, how to seek His will, where your own place is, what you should and shouldn’t do; you will know which things you should and shouldn’t care about. That way, wouldn’t you normalize more and more? Don’t you think that that wouldn’t be a tiring way to live? And when you’re not tired, wouldn’t your heart brighten, and wouldn’t you have more happy times? When you have more happy times, wouldn’t other people enjoy seeing your overall vibrant presentation? When other people see you and they feel good, can’t you edify others in an intangible way? At that time, when you speak and do things it will be in a measured and principled way and you’ll be able to provide substantive help to anyone who is negative and weak. You won’t constrain or lecture them, but you’ll be able to help and benefit them through your own practical experience. Isn’t that a useful person? Then, it won’t just be expending effort. You won’t just be exerting yourself in the house of God, but you will be a useful person. When someone has you help them because they’re constrained by something, you’ll think: “This little thing is no problem—I can certainly help them, and ensure that they can live like me—carefree and happy!” Through your help, their problems will be resolved and they will also grow up. You will be an older child guiding a younger child, turning them into an older child like you. Then wouldn’t you become a useful person in front of God? You’ll be able to do more meaningful things in the house of God; wouldn’t that kind of person be liked and welcomed by other people? (Yes.) Ah, being welcomed by others. What kind of position is that in front of God? God likes this kind of person. Why is that? (They can do practical things in front of God.) What kind of practical things? (They can help people with their own practical stature and experience; they not only edify themselves, but also other people.) What aspect of edification? (People’s entry into life.) And what outcomes are achieved? (People are able to have entry into the truth and to more accurately know God, as well as have entry into life and faithfulness in fulfilling their duty.) When you lead others this way, you yourself have entry into life. Wouldn’t you be someone who often lives in front of God? Wouldn’t you be someone who often lives in front of the truth? If you are that type of person and also lead other people to be that kind of person, wouldn’t you also bring others in front of God? (Yes.) So if you don’t have that kind of truth or that kind of experience, are you able to bring others in front of God? (No.) Ah, so you yourself are unable to live in front of God and you can’t bring others in front of Him. You are just expending effort. If you’re just expending effort, then are you living in front of God most of the time? That is not the case. The majority of the time you’re working just for the sake of working; the majority of the time you’re not living in front of God. Then do those who don’t live in front of God receive His scrutiny? Are they able to withstand His testing? Can they keep their footing in the midst of trials? They can’t, isn’t that right? So can that kind of person bear witness for God? Can they be a witness for God? (They can’t.) What kind of a person is someone who can’t bear witness for God? Is it someone who genuinely believes in God? At the very least, they believe in God but have not yet stepped over the threshold into the house of God, right? They have believed in God for many years but haven’t had any entry into life, they are not able to be a witness for God, and cannot bear witness for God to others. They are not a witness for God. So, when a person has a childlike stature and they do not have entry into life, they will never be able to bear witness for God. The implication of being a person who is never able to bear witness for God is being someone who is not living in front of Him. If you’re not living in front of Him, you do not have entry into life and you are not a witness for God, so will He acknowledge you as His follower? He acknowledges you in word, saying: “Fine, you believe in Me, come! Come into My house to perform your duty!” And you are willing to perform your duty, but from your performance, from the path you’ve taken over this period of time, it is clear that although you have believed in Him for so long, you are not able to bear witness for Him; you have only lived in front of yourself, in front of Satan, and within the corrupt satanic disposition. You have never come in front of God. When faced with a trial you are not able to withstand it; you cannot bear it when given a little bit of dealing and pruning. When you receive some judgment and chastisement you want to throw in the towel—you want to give up. You get emotional. This type of person is not at all easy to deal with. From God’s perspective, He says: “This person is too touchy. No matter where I go to work, to do things, this type of person is not worthy of coming along, and not worthy of being with God.” And why is this? That type of person does not enter into the truth. They do not understand the truth and do not have any entry into life. They do not have any understanding or experience of the truth, and they are not clear on God’s will. If they are not clear on God’s will can they be compatible with God? If they are not clear on God’s will can they comprehend it? Will they be able to accept the truth? It’s not easy to say—these are all unknown quantities. So, if that kind of person is in front of God and is with God, they will misunderstand Him, judge Him, second-guess Him, and will not comprehend Him at every turn. They will create all kinds of misunderstandings, have all sorts of opinions, and in the end it will become serious and foment betrayal. Would God want someone with those consequences? Would He dare to have them as a follower? He wouldn’t, isn’t that right? So, if someone wants to be acknowledged as a follower of God, what must they first achieve? Don’t they need to start from entering into life? So speaking from your current situation, what is the key to starting to enter into life? (To start from performing our duty.) Upholding your duty is first. Ultimately, it comes do
wn to that. Start from performing your duty to enter into life, and from entering into life you can gain the truth and understand it bit by bit, achieve gaining stature, gradually growing up, and having practical experience in the truth. After that you will be able to have a grasp of various principles in practice and not be subject to the constraints or disturbances of any people, events, or things. When you’re not subject to the constraints or disturbances of any people, events, or things, you will gradually come to live in front of God. Do you understand that? (Yes.) When you’re not subject to the disturbances of various people, events, and things, you are able to experience the truth. That way, the richer your experience is the more you are able to bear witness for God. The more you are able to bear witness for God, gradually, you will be able to become a useful person. As you become a useful person, won’t you have status within God’s household? Once you have status, you’ll have a foothold, and you’ll become a good person, a genuine and useful person. You’ll be pulling your own weight, and worthy of all that God gives you. So now what is the key to entering into life? (Upholding our own duty.) Is it useful to always express your will? Is it useful to always make promises? Is it useful to always make resolutions? That’s not realistic.
Right now, the most practical issue is achieving entry into life by figuring out the path to performing your duty well in the process of performing it. What’s another way of referring to having entry into life? It’s having experience with the truth, and achieving entry into life through this approach. Do you currently have entry into life? You have a bit but it’s still too shallow, isn’t that right? Can you achieve being a witness for God with your current entry into life? (No.) Why not? Most of the time aren’t you still revolving around the doctrines without real understanding or experience of the truth? If you cannot achieve authentic experience and understanding of the truth, you will not be able to achieve being a witness for God—the majority of the time it will just be an emotional understanding. Sometimes it feels like a particular way is right, sometimes it feels like another way is right. Sometimes it feels like certain words are in accordance with the truth, and sometimes it feels like other words are. You may say: “I feel that God’s words are all correct. I say ‘Amen,’ and I agree with them, but they don’t really hold up for me. I get confused when I do things and I don’t know what kind of truth I should employ to resolve my issue.” Are you in this state the majority of the time? (Yes.) You understand and have a grasp on a lot, but you still haven’t put it to use. Once you’ve used it, once you’ve experienced it, you will grow in life. This is the standard and it is also a sign. There will be one day when you say, “I have some understanding of this aspect of the truth. I can speak of my understanding to be a witness for God’s will, for His disposition, and my understanding of God.” When you can say this and you have this kind of understanding, at that time you will be a witness for God. If you say, “Now I have a grasp on a number of doctrines and also understand quite a bit. I can sit there and preach for ages about aspects of doctrines, but as soon as something has to do with my own issues I’m unable to resolve it—I don’t know how.” What is this called? These are letters and doctrines. Some of them are not letters and doctrines but an emotional understanding, right? (Right.) Ah, so most of them are an emotional understanding; you think that this is correct, and you say “Amen” to this. “These words are great—really true!” And after the other person is done speaking, you also seem to have the same feeling, but you don’t know how to experience these words or how to hold yourself up to them. Isn’t this all emotional? How can this be resolved? This goes back to fulfilling your duty, back to the issue of your duty. Little by little, you’ll be able to observe, gain a grasp on, and gradually, one by one destroy all sorts of corruption that you reveal as well as your various states while performing your duty. The corruption you reveal, the self-righteousness, the cunning, wanting to hold back, give yourself some leeway, or just muddle through—you must gain a grasp on these kinds of states, and through them see and discover your own corrupt disposition. Once you discover your own corrupt disposition, won’t you know what to do? For example, in some issue you revealed selfishness—you were really selfish, thinking of your own image—how can this be resolved? First you have to put your own image aside, and think: “I want to say that to protect my own image, but I immediately realized that saying that to protect my image would be selfish and despicable. Saying that is for my own intent; it’s despicable and it shows a corrupt disposition. I can’t speak based on that, but I should speak based on this. I should reveal myself, show my true face, and genuinely speak out the thoughts in my heart. I’d rather throw my own image aside, not protect it, and not gratify my vanity.” When you say this, by forsaking yourself and genuinely speaking out the thoughts deep in your heart, one aspect is that you are being an honest person; another aspect is that you didn’t act according to your own thinking. You did not protect your own image, but you achieved putting the truth into practice, and achieved better performing your duty. You fulfilled your responsibilities to your duty. What was damaged was your image—what was protected was the interests of the house of God and the truth. Isn’t it glorious to live this way? It’s honest and upright. It can be placed in front of man as well as God—this is wonderful! Although there is some difficulty to this kind of practice, if you move in this direction in your practice, in your actions, in your efforts, you may fail twice, or you may fail three times, but by the fifth time you will probably succeed. What does success mean to you? It means that when you put the truth into practice you are able to take that one step in struggling free of Satan’s bonds. You are able to take that one step in forsaking yourself, put the truth into practice, put aside your own vain image, your own interests, and no longer be a selfish and despicable person—you will be able to take that step. What do you see from this? When you do this, others can see that you are not a person who does not love the truth, but you are someone who does love the truth, who yearns for the truth and yearns to live with justice and in the light. These are the fruits achieved by this. And at the same time, Satan has been shamed. It will see that it has corrupted you and made you protect yourself, made you selfish, and made you consider your own image, but these things can no longer bind you. When it sees this, it will think: “I’m out of ideas for this. They broke free and are not controlled by this; they are not controlled by vain images or by their personal interest. They are putting the truth into practice.” Wouldn’t it be shamed? When Satan is shamed, wouldn’t you be victorious? So when you are victorious, aren’t you standing witness for God? Isn’t this fighting a glorious battle? When you fight a glorious battle, you are at peace, joyful, and steady in your hearts, aren’t you? In people’s lives they often face accusations, their hearts are not steady, they don’t have any joy or peace. They are frequently sad and distressed by everything. What does this mean? (They have not put the truth into practice or stood witness for God.) Ah, it can only mean that. People often live in the corrupt satanic disposition, do not put the truth into practice, and betray the truth. They frequently live within a selfish and despicable corrupt satanic disposition, protect their own image, their own reputation, status, and interests. They have not gained the truth. So you are distressed, troubled, and bound too much, and these things are seen according to your state.
What kind of state are you living in more currently, positive or negative? When you’re living mostly in a negative state but you are still performing your duty, would you say that it’s exhausting? (Yes.) So have you ever thought of how to allow yourself a way out, so that your life isn’t so tiring? Have you had a good idea, a trick? (Putting effort into our duty, how we should put our heart into pondering it, and then relying on and looking to God with a pure heart. Right now my stature is too small and I cannot resolve my inner corrupt disposition, but if I rely on God, He has the means and He can arrange all sorts of people, events, things, and environments for me. As long as people are willing to accept all of this and to cooperate with God, He truly has many ways to get people to change.) You’ve seen this path, but it requires time, right? People feel the misery of living within a corrupt disposition and they have deep experience of it. Have you ever had an experience where, after understanding the truth, you held to the principles of the truth, and then there was happiness from practicing it? Are there many of these types of experiences? Can they all be put together to become a witness? Aren’t they mostly scattered? You enjoy God’s enlightenment here and there, and you’re very happy. You see a little bit of the light now and then, and you’re very happy. Occasionally you rely on God, not people—you don’t put yourself forward, God shows you some of the light, gives you an unexpected solution, the issue is resolved, and you’re very happy. You have these little experiences frequently, don’t you? Then how much practical entering into the truth do you have? Is there anything that touches on the essence of the truth, or practical aspects of the truth? You still haven’t encountered this, have you? Don’t worry! When your stature has developed to a certain point, there will be some things that you will have experienced. This isn’t an urgent matter—you can’t do it overnight. What is most critical and what is most important to be resolved? Perform your duty well, and while performing your duty you must have entry into life. This is most critical. Don’t just expend effort—you must put your heart into it. When God has you perform your duty, it is just performing an individual’s duty. It is not to have you sell your labor, but for you to offer up a sincere heart. Give some thought to this. During this time you must have entry into life—only when you have entry into life do you have life, and only when you have life are you able to grow. Only a person who has life has the truth!