A Selection From the Ten Passages of God’s Word on “Work and Entry”

1. Ever since people began to tread the right track of life, there have been many things about which they remain unclear. They are still in a complete muddle about God’s work, and about much work they should do. This is due, on the one hand, to the deviation in their experience and the limitations in their capacity to receive; on the other, it is because God’s work has not yet brought people to this stage. So, everyone is ambiguous about most spiritual matters. Not only are you unclear about what you should enter into; you are even more ignorant about God’s work. This is more than simply a matter of the shortcomings in you: It is a great flaw belonging to all those in the religious world. Herein lies the key to why people do not know God, and so this flaw is a common defect shared by all those who seek after Him. Not a single person has ever known God, or has ever seen His true face. It is because of this that God’s work becomes as arduous as moving a mountain or draining the sea. How many people have sacrificed their lives for God’s work; how many have been cast out on account of His work; how many, for the sake of His work, have been tormented to death; how many, their eyes filled with tears of love for God, have died unjustly; how many have met with cruel and inhumane persecution…? That these tragedies come to pass—is it not all due to people’s lack of knowledge about God? How could someone who does not know God have the face to come before Him? How could someone who believes in God and yet persecutes Him have the face to come before Him? These are not solely the inadequacies of those within the religious world, but rather are common to both you and them. People believe in God without knowing Him; it is for this reason alone that they do not revere God in their hearts, and do not fear Him in their hearts. There are even those who, with great pomp and circumstance, do the work that they envision by themselves within this stream, and go about doing God’s work according to their own demands and prodigal desires. Many people act wildly, holding God in no esteem but following their own will. Are these not perfect embodiments of people’s selfish hearts? Do these not manifest the overabundant element of deception people have?

from “Work and Entry (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

2. People may indeed be supremely intelligent, but how can their gifts take the place of God’s work? People may indeed care for God’s burden, but they cannot act too selfishly. Are people’s deeds really divine? Can anyone be positively assured? To bear witness to God, to inherit His glory—this is God making an exception and lifting up people; on their own, they could never be worthy. God’s work has only just begun, His words have only just begun to be spoken. At this point, people feel good about themselves; wouldn’t that simply be courting humiliation? They understand far too little. Even the most gifted theoretician, the most silver-tongued orator, cannot describe all of God’s abundance—how much the less can you? You had best not set your own worth higher than the heavens, but rather see yourselves as lower than the least of those rational people who seek to love God. This is the path by which you shall enter: to see yourselves as shorter than all others by a span. Why deem yourselves so high? Why place yourselves in such high estimation? On the long journey of life, you have taken but the few first steps. All you see is God’s arm, not the whole of God. It behooves you to see more of God’s work, to discover more of what you should enter into, because you have changed too little.

from “Work and Entry (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

3. 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 till they are 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.

from “Work and Entry (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

4. In the several thousand years since God came into the world, any number of men with lofty ideals have been used by God to do His work 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 take on His work, 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.

from “Work and Entry (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

5. For so many years God has remained hidden within creation; has observed through so many springs and autumns from behind a veiling mist; has looked down from the third heaven for so many days and nights; 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, departing without a sign and just as silently returning. 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 God’s work? 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 approach getting to know God’s work.

from “Work and Entry (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

6. When work is spoken of, man believes that work is to run to and fro for God, preach in all places, and spend for God. Though this belief is correct, it is too one-sided; what God asks of man is not solely to journey to and fro for God; it is more the ministry and supply within the spirit. Many brothers and sisters have never thought about working for God even after so many years of experience, for work as conceived by man is incongruous with that which is asked of by God. Therefore, man has no interest whatsoever in the matter of work, and this is precisely the reason why the entry of man is also quite one-sided. All of you should begin to enter by working for God, so that you may better experience all its aspects. This is what you should enter into. Work refers not to running to and fro for God; it refers to whether the life of man and what man lives out are for God to enjoy. Work refers to man using faithfulness they have to God and the knowledge they have of God to testify to God and minister to man. This is the responsibility of man and what all man should realize. In other words, your entry is your work; you are seeking to enter during the course of your work for God. Experiencing God is not only being able to eat and drink of His word; more importantly, you must be able to testify to God, to serve God, and to minister to and supply man. This is work, and also your entry; this is what every man should accomplish.

from “Work and Entry (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

7. There are many who only focus on journeying to and fro for God, and preaching in all places, yet overlook their personal experience and neglect their entry into the spiritual life. This is what causes those who serve God to become those who resist God. For so many years, those who serve God and minister to man have simply regarded working and preaching as entry, and none have taken their own spiritual experience as an important entry. Rather, they capitalize on the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit’s work to teach others. When preaching, they are much burdened and receive the work of the Holy Spirit, and through this they release the voice of the Holy Spirit. At that time, those who work feel smug and self-satisfied, as if the work of the Holy Spirit is their own spiritual experience; they feel that all the words they speak during that time are their own being…. After you have preached once in such a way, you feel that your actual stature is not as small as you believed. After the Holy Spirit works similarly in you several times, you then determine that you already have stature and mistakenly believe that the work of the Holy Spirit is your own entry and being. When you constantly have this experience, you become lax about your own entry. You then become lazy without noticing, and place no importance at all on your own entry. Therefore, when you are ministering to others, you must clearly distinguish between your stature and the work of the Holy Spirit. This will better facilitate your entry and better benefit your experience. Man regarding the work of the Holy Spirit as their own experience is the beginning of man’s degeneration. Hence, whatever duty you perform, you ought to regard your entry as a key lesson.

from “Work and Entry (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

8. One works to fulfill the will of God, to bring all those who are after God’s heart before Him, to bring man to God, and to introduce the Holy Spirit’s work and God’s guidance to man, thereby perfecting the fruits of God’s work. For this reason, it is imperative that you grasp the substance of working. As one used by God, all men are worthy of working for God, that is, all have the opportunity to be used by the Holy Spirit. However, there is one point that you must realize: When man does the work of God, man has the opportunity to be used by God, but what is said and known by man are not entirely the stature of man. You can only better come to know your deficiencies in your work, and receive greater enlightenment from the Holy Spirit, thereby allowing you to gain better entry in your work. If man regards guidance from God as man’s own entry and what is inherent within man, there is no potential for man’s stature to grow. The Holy Spirit enlightens man when they are in a normal state; at such times, man often mistakes the enlightenment they receive as their own stature in reality, for the Holy Spirit enlightens in a most normal way: by making use of what is inherent within man. When man works and speaks, or during man’s prayer in his spiritual devotions, a truth will suddenly become clear to them. In reality, however, what man sees is only enlightenment by the Holy Spirit (naturally, this is related to cooperation from man) and not man’s true stature. After a period of experience in which man encounters numerous real difficulties, the true stature of man is made apparent under such circumstances. Only at that time does man discover that man’s stature is not so great, and the selfishness, personal considerations, and greed of man all emerge. Only after several cycles of such experience will many of those who are awakened within their spirits realize that it was not their own reality in the past, but a momentary illumination from the Holy Spirit, and man had but received the light. When the Holy Spirit enlightens man to understand the truth, it is often in a clear and distinct manner, without context. That is, He does not incorporate the difficulties of man into this revelation, and rather directly reveals the truth. When man encounters difficulties in entry, man then incorporates the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, and this becomes the actual experience of man. … Therefore, when you receive the work of the Holy Spirit, you ought to more so focus on your entry at the same time, seeing exactly what is the work of the Holy Spirit and what is your entry, as well as incorporating the work of the Holy Spirit into your entry, so that you may be better perfected by Him and allow the substance of the Holy Spirit’s work to be wrought in you. During the course of your experience of the Holy Spirit’s work, you come to know the Holy Spirit, as well as yourselves, and amidst the numerous instances of extreme suffering, you develop a normal relationship with God, and the relationship between you and God grows closer day by day. After countless instances of pruning and refinement, you develop a true love for God. That is why you must realize that suffering, smiting, and tribulations are not daunting; what is frightening is having only the work of the Holy Spirit but not your entry. When the day comes that the work of God is finished, you will have labored for nothing; though you experienced the work of God, you will not have come to know the Holy Spirit or have had your own entry. The enlightenment of man by the Holy Spirit is not to sustain the passion of man; it is to open up a way out for the entry of man, as well as to allow man to come to know the Holy Spirit, and from that develop a heart of reverence and adoration for God.

from “Work and Entry (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

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