Presently, I believe that God’s work of the last days is real. However, I do not know when God’s work will finish. I just want to earn some money and support my family until God’s work nearly concludes. At that point, I will believe in God once more and pursue the truth. Is my perspective on seeking is correct?
Relevant Bible Verses:
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mat 24:37-39).
“And woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!” (Mat 24:19).
“Not every one that said to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven” (Mat 7:21).
Relevant Words of God:
Right now, each day you live through is crucial, and it is of the utmost importance to your destination and your fate, so you must cherish everything you have today, and treasure each minute that passes. You must carve out as much time as you can to give yourselves the greatest gains so that you will not have lived this life in vain. You may feel confused about why I speak such words. To be frank, I am not at all pleased by the behavior of any of you, for the hopes I had of you were not as you are today. Thus, I can say this: Each one of you is on the brink of danger, and your erstwhile cries for help and former aspirations to pursue the truth and seek the light are approaching their end. This is your final display of recompense, and it is something I never expected.
Excerpted from “To Whom Are You Loyal?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Awaken, brothers! Awaken, sisters! My day will not be delayed; time is life, and to seize time is to save life! The time is not far off! If you take exams for entrance into college and you do not pass, you can try again and cram for the test. However, My day will have no such delay. Remember! Remember! I urge you with these good words. The end of the world unfolds before your very eyes, great disasters rapidly draw near; is your life important or is your sleeping, eating, drinking, and clothing important? The time has come for you to weigh these things. Do not be doubtful anymore and do not shy away from being certain!
Excerpted from “Chapter 30” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh
If you do not seek out opportunities to be perfected by God, if you do not strive to pursue being perfected, then you will ultimately be filled with remorse. Now is the best opportunity to be perfected—this is the best time. If you do not earnestly seek perfection by God, once His work has concluded it will be too late—you will have missed this opportunity. No matter how great your aspirations, if God is no longer performing work, regardless of the effort that you put in, you will never be able to be perfected. You must seize this opportunity and cooperate through the great work of the Holy Spirit. If you miss this opportunity, you will not be given another no matter how much effort you put in.
Excerpted from “Be Mindful of God’s Will to Attain Perfection” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
If you wish to believe in God, and wish to gain God and gain His satisfaction, then if you don’t endure a degree of pain or put in a certain amount of effort, you will not be able to achieve these things. You have heard much preaching, but having heard it does not mean this preaching is yours; you must absorb it and transform it into something that belongs to you, you must assimilate it into your life, and bring it into your existence, allowing these words and preaching to guide the way you live, and bring existential value and meaning to your life—and then it will have been worth you hearing these words. If the words I speak do not bring any upturn in your lives, or any value to your existence, then there is no point in you listening to them. … You will only gain from the belief in God if you approach it as the greatest thing in your life, more important than food, clothes, or anything else! If you only believe when you have the time, and are incapable of devoting your entire attention to your belief, if you are always mired in confusion, then you will gain nothing.
Excerpted from “God Himself, the Unique X” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Now is the time when I determine the ending for each person, not the stage in which I began to work man. I write down in My record book, one by one, the words and actions of each person, the path by which they have followed Me, their inherent characteristics, and how they have ultimately comported themselves. In this way, no matter what kind of person they are, no one shall escape My hand, and all shall be with their own kind as I assign. I decide the destination of each person not on the basis of age, seniority, amount of suffering, and least of all, the degree to which they invite pity, but according to whether they possess the truth. There is no other choice but this. You must realize that all those who do not follow the will of God shall also be punished. This is an immutable fact.
Excerpted from “Prepare Sufficient Good Deeds for Your Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Now is the time when My Spirit performs great work, and the time when I commence My work among the Gentile nations. More than that, it is the time when I classify all created beings, putting each one into their respective category, so that My work may proceed more swiftly and effectively. And so, what I ask of you is still that you offer up your whole being to all My work, and, furthermore, that you clearly discern and make certain of all the work I have done in you, and put all your strength into My work so it can become more effective. This is what you must understand. Desist from fighting amongst yourselves, looking for a way back, or seeking fleshly comforts, which would delay My work, and delay your wonderful future. Far from protecting you, doing so would bring destruction upon you. Wouldn’t this be foolish of you? That which you greedily enjoy today is the very thing that is ruining your future, whereas the pain you suffer today is the very thing that is protecting you. You must be clearly aware of these things, so as to avoid falling prey to temptations from which you will be hard put to extricate yourself, and to evade blundering into the dense fog and being unable to find the sun. When the dense fog clears, you will find yourself amid the judgment of the great day.
Excerpted from “The Work of Spreading the Gospel Is Also the Work of Saving Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:
Why does man put so much energy into working and earning money? What is the reason for this? It is because man sees the tangible benefit and the practicality of money. He feels it is indeed not good if he does not have money. As a result, regardless of what price needs to be paid or how much suffering is involved, he will do his utmost to earn money. Now, if man truly sees the meaning of pursuing the truth, man would absolutely be able to pay the price to pursue it, right? Now, just how much more valuable is pursuing the truth in comparison to seeking money? Is pursuing the truth important? Verbally, you acknowledge that it is important. However, can you see why it is valuable? Take a look at Noah’s time. Noah listened to God’s words and believed in God’s words. As a result, he toiled for more than 100 years building the ark. Not one of the other common people made an ark. They just earned money and engrossed themselves in pleasure. From their perspective, earning money and enjoying pleasure were real. Noah’s building ark had no meaning. Who would pay his wage? Besides, he had to keep on toiling and working. That is why none of them built an ark. Instead, they went to work and engrossed themselves in pleasure. Which one of these paths had meaning? During those 100 years, nobody could see the situation clearly. However, when the floods came, the people who had entered into the ark were saved. It was at that moment that they could finally see, “Oh! This was why Noah built the ark! It was so that he and his family would be saved from the floods. This is much more important and meaningful than earning money and lusting after fleshly pleasures!” It was at this time that people finally realized the meaning of Noah’s ark. However, it was too late. Death had arrived. There was no way they could go back in time to build an ark. The floods had already arrived. Presently, people cannot see what the meaning of pursuing the truth is. They still feel that earning money is better and it is realistic. That is why they work hard and cling onto the world and covet riches. They do not apply their efforts onto the truth. Aren’t people short-sighted?
Excerpted from “How to Know Truth, and the Value of Pursuing It” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life IV
If your heart dwells on the world, riches, fame and position, then you don’t put your heart into pursuing the truth. If you don’t put your heart into the truth, then you have not paid the price. If you are unable to pay a price when it comes to pursuing the truth, your desire for salvation is an empty talk, a delusion. We all know that in the world, if you are to be successful at your profession, you must pay a huge price, you must pay the painstaking price, right? However, regardless of the success you achieve in the world, in the end, it is all empty and hollow. If you pursue the truth and pay a price, this price is very meaningful. You will never regret it. If you renounce the world to pursue the truth, renounce wealth, renounce the joys of the flesh, renounce the warmth of family, renounce fleshly enjoyment and expend for God and pay a price for pursuing the truth, in the end, what you will obtain will be 100 times more, even 10,000 times more than what you can obtain in the world. If you pay the price in order to pursue the truth, one day, you will understand so much truth that you will live out a genuine human life. At that moment, you will know. You will say, “What I have invested is very valuable!” That is why you will never regret paying a price for salvation and pursuing the truth. You will feel more and more comforted and more and more pleasure. If you pay a big price in order to obtain the world, obtain reputation and obtain career success, when it is your time, you will still die and you will still sink into oblivion. The price has been paid, but you will still be empty. That is very meaningless. Obtaining the truth is very meaningful because once you obtain it, you will obtain eternal life and you will inherit God’s blessings and promise. There is nothing that you can exchange in order to obtain these things. That is why paying a price to pursue the truth is the most meaningful thing. If you pay the entire price of pursuing the truth, you are a highly intelligent person. Presently, there are many people who go about believing in God as if it were an activity they do in their spare time. Other people ask them, “Do you believe in God?” “Ah, yes I do. If I have nothing else to do, I might give it a try now and then.” They treat believing in God and attaining salvation as if it were a pastime, as if it were an amusement they take part in in their spare time. Would you say that this kind of person has paid a price and will be able to attain salvation? Absolutely not. It is because this person does not regard salvation as the most important thing. He does not treat salvation as if it were a lifelong major goal. This is especially the case in regard to the last days. God’s work of the last days happens in the blink of an eye. During this brief time period, if you do not pursue, if you miss this opportunity, you will have lifelong regret. It will be too late for you to regret. This is not believing in Jesus. Almighty God’s work is the work of saving man and perfecting man. These are extraordinary matters. This period of time will be marked down eternally on the pages of history in this world. This matter is something that is extremely worthy of remembrance. It is an extremely meaningful event. Therefore, all those who believe in God and pursue the truth today should regard salvation as a great matter that demands immediate attention. They should treat it as a major turning point of lifelong importance. Only if you treat this situation in this manner will you be able to attain salvation. If you treat salvation as the greatest matter in your life, if you treat it as a major turning point of lifelong importance, you will know how you should pay the price in order to pursue the truth. Those that are able to pay the price in order to pursue the truth and attain salvation are the most intelligent of people. Pursuing the truth and attaining salvation is a great matter that requires immediate attention. If you neglect these two or three years, you will pay for the neglect of these two or three years for the rest of your life. At that time, you will weep and gnash your teeth but it will all be useless! When the Holy Spirit does work upon man, He only does it once. … Man must reflect and pray to God about how to approach the issue of one’s salvation. How should one approach the issue of one’s own salvation? Should one pay the price to pursue the truth and in the end, receive salvation or should one just carelessly go about it? This is that one’s salvation depends on the path he chooses. This is absolutely correct. The hymn of God’s words “How God Determines Man’s Final Destination” clearly illustrates that the way God determines man’s final destination is based on whether man has the truth. What this means is that it is based on whether you have experienced God’s work and obtained the truth. If the truth becomes your life, then it can be said that you have the truth and that you are someone that has obtained the truth. If you do not have the truth or obtain the truth, then your life disposition will not have changed. This indicates that you have not obtained the truth. Therefore, if you have the truth and if you have obtained the truth, your life disposition will change. This kind of person is a person that has attained salvation. Those that have not obtained the truth are people who will not be saved. Once you have obtained the truth, you will truly be saved. If you have not obtained the truth, then you will not be saved. What is the final destination of those who have not been saved? Their end will be the same as the unbelievers. They will die, they will sink into oblivion and they will be destroyed.
Excerpted from “How to Pursue in Order to Attain Salvation” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life I