Those Whose Hearts Are Set As Godís Servants
< Galatians 1:10-12 >
do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased
men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not
according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but
it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.Ē
Today, through the Apostle Paulís faith, I would like
to explain to you what kind of a heart a servant of God should have.
Paul is universally recognized as a servant of God
by everyone. That he is undoubtedly Godís servant is because he
neither sought to please men nor himself, but preached the gospel
of the water and the Spirit according to the will of God the Father
and of Jesus Christ, and kept his faith in this gospel under all
It is written in Galatians 1:10, ďFor do I now
persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still
pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.Ē The Apostle
Paul said here that if he had been more devoted to please men than
following the will of God, then he would not be a servant of God.
The Apostle Paul lived his life by faith as a servant
of God, preaching the gospel of the water and the Spirit according
to Godís will. Itís because Paul had lived as a servant of God that
the true and uncorrupted gospel could have been delivered to us.
Just as the Apostle Paul considered it indispensable for him to
preach and defend the gospel of the water and the Spirit as a servant
of God, so it is only too proper for us, who have been born again
by believing in this true gospel, to live as Godís servants.
Therefore, we need to examine ourselves here to see
whether or not we really are Godís servants. Like Paul, we, too,
have received the remission of our sins from God by believing in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. But are we really living
as Godís servants? Or are we living as the servants of our own flesh?
As whose servants are you living your lives?
The Gospel Believed by the
Apostle Paul and His Faith
By faith, the Apostle Paul preached to us the gospel
of the water and the Spirit that contains the righteousness of God,
and to fulfill the will of God, he also offered himself to God as
His servant by faith. A servant is someone who has no will of his
own, nor seeks his own interests, but lives only for his master.
The Apostle Paul said, ďI have been crucified with
Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in meĒ (Galatians
2:20). Paul admitted to God that he was a great sinner, and
that he was bound to die before God for his sins. And he believed
that Jesus Christ took upon all the sins of mankind once for all
by being baptized by John, and that He brought him back to life
by dying on the Cross and rising from the dead again. The Apostle
Paul was someone who had actually died for his sins; as he accepted
into his heart and believed in the work of the Lord who saved the
entire human race from sin, he buried his old self, and he offered
his remaining life as Godís servant and faithfully served Him, so
that Godís will would be fulfilled.
ďI Have Been Crucified
The Apostle Paul said, ďI have been crucified with
Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in meĒ (Galatians
2:20). Paul truly acknowledged what God had done for him. Since
the Law of God said, ďThe wages of sin is death,Ē Paul believed
himself to have already died with Christ for his sins, and he also
believed that he had risen with Christ.
Paul recognized all the Law of God. Because Paul believed
in the Word, that ďthe law brings about wrathĒ (Romans 4:15), he
recognized, ďAh! I am an inevitable sinner before God for I was
born sinful. I am sinful when reflected upon the Law of God. Thatís
why Iím a sinner!Ē He admitted, ďSince Iím a sinner before Godís
Law, it is only too proper for me to die for my sins according to
this Law of God.Ē
Paul also believed in the Truth that through His baptism,
Jesus accepted his old self that had to die like this, and died
on the Cross with him. In other words, Paul believed in the work
of the water and blood of Jesus Christ. And as he believed that
he himself had died in Christ, Paul also believed that he had risen
with Christ. Such a faith could be attained when Paul united himself
with Jesus by believing in His baptism. This faith of the Apostle
Paul was one that followed the real Truth.
All of us also desire to live as Godís servants. Although
there are many aspects to our flesh that may make us seem too insufficient
to live as Godís servants, this cannot be a problem within the faith
of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Whatís important
is whether or now our hearts sincerely desire to live as Godís servants.
This is a crucial matter for all of us. Such desires and such faith
are not just brought to you by someone else, but they are attained
only when you yourselves make up your minds before God trusting
in the Truth. We all need to examine ourselves carefully and verify
whether or not we are indeed Godsí servants in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit.
Are you living as Godís servant? Or are you living
as slaves to your flesh? Are you not your own master and king, and
thus unable to serve Jesus Christ as your King? Are you still refusing
to offer yourselves to God as His servants?
We ourselves must abdicate from our own thrones in
our hearts. And we must crown God and serve Him as our King. We
ourselves must then bow our knees before the throne of the King,
set our minds to serve the Lord even though we are insufficient,
and live by our faith in the Lord following the righteousness of
God. Depending on how we set our minds and faith before God, we
can either become Godís precious servants or remain incapable of
serving the Lord.
First of All, We Must Set
Our Minds to Live as Godís Servants
All of us must now choose whether we would live as
Godís servants or menís servants. We should realize here that if
we do not live as Godís servants, then we may very well live as
It took me ten long years since believing in Jesus
for the first time before I could finally realize the gospel Truth
of the water and the Spirit revealed in Matthew 3:13-17, and receive
the remission of my sins. At the same time, as I realized that there
was no one in this world who was preaching the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, I came to renounce all my past life that I had lived
for myself, and I set my heart to live for Jesus Christ. To spread
the gospel of the water and the Spirit all over the world, I decided
to put away my private life behind me, to live as a servant of God.
Knowing that there was no one anywhere in this world
who was preaching the gospel of the water and the Spirit, I couldnít
just keep my mouth shut. I remembered what the Lord said: ďBut
he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes,
shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from
him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed,
of him they will ask the moreĒ (Luke 12:48).
So I set my mind to preach this true gospel, but the
problem was that I had no strength or means to do so. I therefore
prayed to God: ďGod the Father, even though the history of Christianity
spans more than 2,000 years, few in this whole world are actually
preaching the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Lord, though I
am ignorant, I know for sure that the lineage of the gospel preachers
of the water and the Spirit is nowhere to be found in the world.
Father, I must preach this true gospel, and so please give me the
strength and coworkers to achieve this. My Lord, please give me
the strength to preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit all
over the world. I ask You would strengthen me, Lord, so that I may
spread this faith in You and this gospel of Truth.Ē
God answered all my prayers, for He is indeed faithful.
He gave me my coworkers and His Church, and provided me with everything
so that I could spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit throughout
the whole world. The Lord enabled me to live a new life as a servant
of the righteousness of God.
Now, the gospel that my colleagues and I should believe
in and preach together is this: When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan
River by John the Baptist, He fulfilled all the righteousness of
God by taking all the sins of the world upon Himself. Because all
our sins were thus passed onto Jesusí shoulder through this baptism
He received from John, He could now carry the sins of the world
to the Cross all at once and be crucified to death, and by rising
from the dead again, He could become our Savior once for all. The
Lord has thus fulfilled all the righteousness of God. Now, even
though our acts may be insufficient, if only we believe in Godís
righteousness fulfilled by Jesus in this way, then we can be washed
from all our sins and reach our salvation.
Once I believed in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, the Lord gave me the heart to live as a servant of God who
follows His righteousness. Even since then, I have always wanted
to obey whatever is the will of the Lord. I learned that this was
the life that every servant of God should live, and I sought to
forsake myself and live only for the expansion of the Kingdom of
God. What I did not know was not an obstacle to this endeavor, for
itís okay just if I tried to learn them from now on; and I began
to labor for Godís righteous work believing and deciding from the
depth of my heart that I would always walk according to the Lordís
pleasures. That is why I am now serving the Lord, the gospel, and
the people of God with my heart set as a servant of God.
The Lord wanted us to spread the gospel of the water
and the Spirit throughout the whole world by placing our faith in
Him. I did not consider world evangelism to be difficult. Godís
servants only had to assign fitting tasks to the gifted workers
and saints, and if those who were entrusted with Godís work found
themselves more and more insufficient, all that they had to do was
just trust in the Lord even more, rely on Him and pray to Him, and
live by faith. That is how we were able to spread the gospel all
over the world through our Christian literature ministries to this
Now, whatever might please God, we only have to serve
Him by faith. When it comes to believing in and serving the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, and to living as Godís servants, all
that we have to do is just live according to whether or not the
Lord would be pleased by our work. If the Lord is pleased by our
work, then I only have to do this work with my colleagues.
Everything we have done so far has been done by God
Himself. It is God who will also hold us steadfast and work through
us. We are now working to spread the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, but this work is not something that came out of menís own
thoughts or greed. If this work we are doing did in fact come from
the greed of mankind, then we would have stopped it long ago. If
we had done our work entranced by our own righteousness, then we
would have quit midway. If we had indeed been mesmerized by our
own work, then our hearts would have turned so arrogant as to boast,
ďIf there is anyone anywhere in this world who has done as much
Godís work as we have done, let him step up.Ē Nor, for that matter,
could we have lived to this day by our faith in the Lord.
All of us had so many shortcomings, and we could not
even claim to have accomplished anything in our lives. That is precisely
why we all relied on the Lord so much more and asked for His help
that much more earnestly. If we were conceited and arrogant, and
if we could easily do anything on our own strength, then would we
have relied on the Lord even to the slightest extent?
Those who are convinced of their own merit and entranced
by their own ego can hardly live nearby the Lord and trust in Him.
Since everyone is imperfect, human beings can live righteously only
if they are helped and assisted by the Lord. We should never overestimate
ourselves, for there still remains even more work to be done. It
is all thanks to the God-given power and blessings that we have
been able to serve the gospel of the water and the Spirit until
now. We must realize fully that our everything was achieved because
of the Lordís help.
All of Us Must Keep Our Faith
as the Servants of God
It is only too proper for those who have received
the remission of sin to set their hearts as the servants of God.
The difference of faith is determined by whether or not our minds
are set as Godís servants. Far more important than knowing biblical
passages and having skills to preach the Word of God is whether
or not we have set our minds to live as Godís servants. We must
set the disposition of our hearts to live as servants before the
Lord, and we must live accordingly. Before God, we must learn to
set our hearts as His servants by faith.
When people get married, the wedding presider would
ask, ďDo you take your bride for your lawful wife, to have and to
hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, in sickness
and in health, to love and to cherish until death do you apart?Ē
The groom would then say, ďI do.Ē Likewise, as Godís servants following
His will, it is only too fitting for us to live for this will of
God alone, whether in times of success or trouble.
We should learn from the Apostle Paul how to set our
hearts as Godís servants. We shouldnít just try to learn about how
the servants who preceded us interpreted the Bible, gave sermons,
and carried out their ministries. As a matter of fact, such aspects
are not that important when it comes to the issue of living properly
as a servant of God. To those of us who believe in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, God has made our hearts into His vessels
to do His work. Therefore, all that we have to do is serve the Lord
according to how God has made us into His vessels.
When I look at my coworkers and brothers and sisters,
I look for whether their hearts are set as Godís servants first.
If we want to live before God as His servants, then the merits and
demerits of our flesh are completely irrelevant. Before God, our
own righteousness is nothing. Human righteousness is knocked out
at a single punch before God. God approves or disapproves our faith
based on how much we believe in His righteousness.
As such, these are the things that we must look for
when we examine ourselves to be His proper servants: ďDo all of
us really have faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit?
Have we united our hearts with Jesus Christ? Are we Godís servants
or menís servants? Although we are inadequate, are we living by
our faith in the Word of God, having set our hearts as His servants?Ē
Recently the West Deagu Church was struck by a tragic
incident. A maidservant of God passed away by an accident while
she was serving the Lord. It was the most heart-wrenching tragedy
that Iíve ever faced in all my years of ministry before God. Such
an incident must never happen to us again. When we should serve
the Lord until the day He returns to this earth, we must not lose
the body that God has given us to serve the gospel. If such a tragic
event happened because we were too careless before God or men, when
we should rightfully have been more careful, then itís our entire
fault. Discussing this incident, we shouldnít just say that God
took away His maidservant. While God surely did accept this maidservantís
soul, God did not take her away willingly. Itís because we had failed
to completely set our hearts as Godís servants and were negligent
in serving the Lord.
My fellow believers, what kind of people are Godsí
servants? If we are indeed Godís servants, then it is only fitting
for us to follow His will. If some of us were to quit following
the Lord just because they find themselves in some difficult circumstances,
then they would not be upright before God. Are such people Godís
servants? No, of course not!
If we really are Godís servants, then while we may
be insufficient and may not be perfect in our every endeavor, we
would still try to follow the will of the Lord until the end. That
is someone who has set his heart as a servant of God to always follow
the will of the Lord. Although anyone can be saved from sin by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, not just anyone can have
the disposition of the heart as a servant of God.
That is why Godís servants are called as the bright
light that leads many people to Jesus Christ. When the saints or
the follower-servants deal with their leader-servants, if they think,
ďWell, they and I are the same,Ē then they need to realize that
they really have no eye to discern Godís leader-servants. The very
fact that the leader-servants have abided in Godís Church for this
long and served the Lord faithfully in times of trial and peace
alike, means in and of itself that they are precious. It would be
an utterly mistaken belief for us to ignore those who have walked
by faith prior to us. Your predecessors of faith have denied the
lust of their flesh and served and followed the Lord faithfully,
even though they all had gone through all kinds of trials and tribulations.
What we need to see from the servants of God is their heartsí disposition
as servants. That is the most precious element.
After I met the Lord, while following Him, there were
times when I went through some tough times because of material conditions.
Yet I never blamed God for such circumstances. On the contrary,
I thanked God for His blessings, saying to myself, ďThe Lord lived
on this earth without even a place to rest His head, but I at least
have food to eat and a place to sleep. So what a tremendous blessing
this is!Ē While following the Lord, Iíve gone through trials and
tribulations, and Iíve also shed my fair share of tears. However,
I was able to overcome all these difficulties and sorrows, rejoiced
by the very fact that the gospel was served. Whatever might happen
to the servants of God, they are fully satisfied if only the will
of the Lord is fulfilled.
If people just thought about how to survive, then
they can all get by, rich and poor alike. The only difference is
the quality of life, but other than this, everyone can make the
ends meet in one way or another. Put differently, the circumstance
of the flesh is not a big problem.
If there is one thing that upsets Godís servants,
it is when people reject the gospel and refuse to believe in it.
Even though God has told us that those who hunger and thirst for
His righteousness are blessed, these people are still not hungry
nor thirsty for Godís righteousness like this, and that is why Godís
servants are aroused to righteous anger. And it is not because people
canít feed on the things of the flesh that they are going through
such a tough time, but itís because they cannot bring themselves
to walk by faith in the righteousness of God, when, in fact, all
that they have to do is just live by believing in this righteousness
I admonish you all, ministers and their wives alike,
to have the faith of the servants of God and to live with the disposition
of their hearts. All of us are already living like this, but I am
admonishing you once again to continue to live your lives worthy
of Godís servant. What we must remember is that it is absolutely
indispensable for us to set our faith and our hearts as Godís servants
in our lives. Regardless of whether the result of our ministries
would be good or bad, all that we have to do is just live according
to the righteousness of God. That is the truly correct faith.
We are now spreading the gospel of the water and the
Spirit throughout the whole world. From where did this gospel come?
The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 1:11-12, ďI
make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached
by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man,
nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus
Christ.Ē Paul made it clear here that this gospel of the water
and the Spirit he received was not learnt from man. Rather, it was
because Jesus Christ had shown him the gospel of the water and the
Spirit and made it known to him that Paul believed in this gospel
and preached it to others.
As we preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit
all over the world, some people ask us, ďIs this gospel a doctrine
unique to your denomination alone? What is the biblical basis for
this gospel?Ē These people think that the gospel of the water and
the Spirit might have come from man, but that is absolutely not
the case. The gospel of the water and the Spirit is not a man-made
gospel. The gospel of the water and the Spirit is a biblical gospel
(1 Corinthians 15:3-4), and it is the very gospel that accomplished
Godís plan of salvation designed in Jesus Christ even before the
foundation of the world.
When Jesus Christ Himself came to this earth, took
upon all the sins of mankind by being baptized by John at the age
of 30, died on the Cross, rose from the dead again, and has thereby
saved us, how could this gospel ever be compared to the man-made
doctrine of prayers of repentance? By opening His Word, God enabled
us to know the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit, and now,
having been saved from all our sins by believing in this gospel,
we are preaching it to everyone else. The gospel of the water and
the Spirit that we believe in came through God Himself. Is this
how you believe?
We are preaching the gospel of the water and the Spirit
testified by both the Old and New Testaments. Just as the Apostle
Paul believed in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, defended
it, and preached it, so do we believe in this gospel, defending
and spreading it by faith. The gospel of the water and the Spirit
that we have received by faith is absolutely not something that
came from man. It came from God Himself. The gospel of the water
and the Spirit given to us indeed came through Jesus. That is precisely
why we are spreading this gospel all over the world placing our
faith in it. And no matter how anyone might denounce us, we donít
even blink our eyes.
The Apostle Paul preached the gospel of the water
and the Spirit until the day he died precisely because he was a
servant of God. Since there could be no higher teaching than this
gospel, he did not even look for such things. Whatever he did, whether
he ate or drank, he did all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
To live for the glory of God is to proclaim the gospel of the water
and the Spirit throughout the whole world. If we were to live for
the purpose of spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
then none other than this itself means that we would be living for
the glory of God. There is no life of faith that is nobler than
this for us.
Are You Now Godís Servants?
The Apostle Paul is a servant of God. You and I are
also Godís servants. If you and I have indeed become Godís servants
by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, then we
would be faithful to the work assigned to us. I recently heard that
a certain worker was quite dissatisfied in his heart, saying, ďIíd
be so faithful if I were assigned as a senior pastor at a church,
but alas, they wonít even give me the post,Ē and that he was neglecting
his current ministry as a junior pastor.
If his post is not a senior pastor, does this mean
then that what he has been entrusted to do now is somehow insignificant
and lowly? No, I do not think so. Whatever God has entrusted us
to do through His Church is all precious. I do not discriminate
anyone based on his post as a senior or junior pastor. Our brothers
and sisters serving the Lord are all precious people as well. No
one is any lowlier than anyone else, nor is anyone nobler than anyone
else in Godís Church.
That is why it saddens me so much to see some people
having so little regard for what they have been assigned to do.
Itís hard enough to fulfill everything entrusted to us even when
we place our faith in the Lord, and so how could we exalt our own
hearts like this? All such desires stem from oneís desire for his
How precious is it for us to believe in and serve
the gospel of the water and the Spirit? When we do Godís work, to
devote all our hearts to it in whatever field assigned to us is
to be treasured. For us to preach the Word of God itself is a precious
work. Indeed, everything we do to spread the gospel of the water
and the Spirit is all cherished. If God had entrusted me with some
other work instead of preaching His Word, then I would have laid
down my life for this work as well.
A servant of God is someone who, when entrusted with
a certain task by the Lord, is faithful to that work. Whatever Godís
servants do, whether they eat or drink, they do it all for the glory
of God, and so given this fact, how could there be any preferential
treatment based on what they do? Is it only when we do something
noble that we are Godís servants, but not so when we do what people
consider to be lowly? Then, who has established such a standard
to distinguish the noble work from the lowly work? In Godís dominion,
when we are faithful to what God has entrusted to us, then this
itself is precious; and if we are otherwise faithful to our own
carnal affairs, then this is to do what is ignoble. You have to
grasp this properly and believe in it.
Indeed, it is my sincerest hope and prayer that you
would all become Godís servants by placing your faith in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit and live the rest of your lives preciously.
For those of us who have been born again of water and the Spirit,
there can be no other valuable life than this. What you have been
entrusted with and are doing right now is what is most precious,
and when the day of the Lord comes, God, too, will commend you for
having faithfully carried out His work, saying to you, ďWell done,
My good and faithful servants!Ē
Right now you need to examine your hearts carefully
to see whether or not you are working and serving properly as Godís
servants. If we are living our lives of faith setting our minds
as Godís servants, then we are at least doing some of what we are
supposed to do. We have nothing to boast about before the Lord.
We constantly have nothing to offer but our insufficiencies. Because
we are fundamentally inadequate by nature, we are incapable of serving
the Lord to perfection, and that is why we have so many shortcomings
and so many excuses. Yet despite this, God is telling us to be faithful
to death, and by this, God is telling us to labor before Him setting
our hearts as His servants.
A servant of God is someone who obeys the will of
his Master risking his life. If we cannot lay down our lives for
the work of God, then we should at least cherish it with our hearts,
for this is the will of our Master. Godís servants must have the
kind of faith that cherishes what their Master God has entrusted
to them, no matter how others might see them. Although I am not
that knowledgeable in writing composition or editing, I can only
do my best on what has been entrusted to me.
Do you know since when we have been in this literature
ministry? We began this ministry since the very beginning of our
Mission. Do you know where our foresight was set when we began this
ministry? We began with our sight set on spreading the gospel throughout
the whole world. It was from then on that I preserved all my sermons
and prepared them for publication, anticipating that we would be
spreading the gospel and nurturing the born-again all over the world
through literature, and my expectations were met.
In fact, whatever God has entrusted to us is all precious,
that that is why we are indeed doing all these works by faith. Of
course, it is you and I who serve the gospel of the water and the
Spirit that are doing the most precious work in this world. For
instance, some of our bothers take care of the heating system so
that the saints would worship God in warmth. All these tasks are
good works precisely because they are all Godís works. As a matter
of fact, there is nothing that we are too ashamed of doing now,
for we have been saved from all our sins. Because we have been saved
from all our sins and are doing Godís work, no matter where we might
work, we have every confidence, and no matter what kind of work
considered lowly by the people of this world we might do, we have
absolutely no shame at all. On the contrary, it is the people of
the world whom we pity. They are pitiful because they have not been
able to meet the Lord.
All our ministers, brothers, sisters, and workers
are precious. Among them, those whose heartsí disposition is set
as Godís servants are even more precious. When we serve the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, our hearts will be set as Godís servants
in due course, and when we follow the Lord, in time our faith will
grow into that of the servants of God and we will therefore come
to live by faith. That is why we are serving the Lord; if we were
to follow the Lord against our will without such a heart and such
faith, then it would be impossible to follow the Lord until the
Without faith, it is not easy to serve the Lord in
obedience to His Church. When the Church assigns you with a certain
task, its policies may change frequently, and more often than not,
your task itself might be cancelled even as you were working hard
at it. So, under these conditions, if you were not working by faith,
I can fully see why you would be upset and not be able to obey until
the end. However, itís because you are Godís servants that you throw
away such rebellious thoughts and submit to the will of the Lord.
Just as the Apostle Paul had lived all his life with his heart and
faith set as a servant of God, it is my sincerest hope that God
would also give us the same heart of His servant.
When I look at our ministers and brothers and sisters,
it is their hearts that I especially want to look. I can then know
the condition of their hearts without having to talk with them extensively.
If they are Godís servants, then they are more precious than anyone
else, and even if they have only barely received the remission of
their sins and still have not set their hearts as Godís servants,
I still cherish them all. To some people, I commend them for just
attending Godís Church faithfully. Only when I know the state of
oneís faith in his heart can I lead him properly according to appropriate
We all have to appreciate what was the heartfelt desire
of the Apostle Paul. If we were seeking to please men, then this
can only mean that we are not Godís servants. And we must know what
Godís heart desires. Whom should a servant of God really please?
He should please no one else but God Himself. He who pleases God
is a true servant of God.
In Godís Church, there is a certain order of faith.
When each of us submits to the order of faith inside Godís Church,
this has nothing to do with how old we might be in our flesh. Paul
said to Timothy, ďLet no one despise your youthĒ (1 Timothy 4:12).
Regardless of how old or young your predecessors of faith might
be, if you believe that the Lord is working through them, and if
you therefore obey them, then this is indeed a noble faith. It is
by our heartsí faith that we should approach God, it is by faith
that we should work, it is in faith that we should treat our brothers
and sisters, and it is also in faith that we should address our
servants of God, men and women alike. Otherwise we are all hypocrites.
Indeed, when we treat each other in faith, we can never be alone,
but we are one family with God.
Godís servants are rejoiced to see the gospel being
spread, and they seek the interests of the Kingdom of God. If we
really believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and desire
to spread this gospel, then we would indeed live with our hearts
set as Godís servants. And if we really have set our hearts as Godís
servants, then we should kindly overlook some of the small, unfortunate
incidents in Godís Church. If this is what is beneficial to Godís
work, then we should do so by faith. People usually think a servant
of God must live a life of immaculate integrity beyond any reproach,
of honest poverty and of holiness; in Godís Church, however, a servant
is not anyone else but someone who seeks the interests of his Master.
The disposition of Godís servants is to do whatever must be done
to fulfill the will of the Lord, even if this does not necessarily
fit into their own thoughts.
When we serve the Lord, unfortunate incidents do happen
sometimes, but God is working with people who are insufficient like
us. Thatís why we are so much more grateful. None of us can do Godís
work flawlessly from the very beginning. Our Lord Himself is not
unaware of this either. He just looks at whether or nor our hearts
have been set as Godís servants, and if only we have such a heart
and such faith, then the Lord fills all our needs so that we may
carry out Godís work. Since this is how the Lordís will is fulfilled,
His servants are only too rejoiced by this.
Everyday, I get updates from the mission division
relaying testimonies of salvation and news from our coworkers coming
from all over the world. Each and every time I hear such news, I
am so much more thankful for the privilege of serving the Lord.
I realize, ďEven while we are asleep, the Lord still works. So many
people have read our books and received the remission of their sins,
and they are now sending us their testimonies of salvation. As the
Lord said that He does not sleep, He is indeed working tirelessly.Ē
Whenever I think about this, I thank the Lord even more, and I bow
down before Him and ask Him to be used even more valuably for this
precious work of the Lord. Sometimes, we thank God for making us
bear more fruits than what we have labored for. Although from time
to time we find ourselves struggling, we have received far more
blessings than we have served, and that is why we are so grateful
beyond any words.
A servant is someone who seeks his masterís interests,
not his own. You and I must set our hearts as Godís servants and
live our lives to seek the Lordís interests. Indeed, there are brothers
and sisters who have actually offered themselves to God to live
as His servants. Such servants and workers, men and women alike,
are all precious. Of course, every soul is precious. There is no
one among those born again of water and the Spirit who is not cherished.
They are all precious because they are our brothers and sisters,
workers of the Kingdom of God, and members of Jesus Christ. Anyone
who only boasts of himself, as if he were a big fish in a small
pond, is someone who has no clue where the heart of a servant of
God should be placed.
Our ministers sometime get together and seek advice
from the senior church leaders, asking, ďThis is what happened at
my church. What should I do?Ē We also consult over world evangelism,
and share the decided tasks amongst us as well. The very fact that
I am entrusted with any task at all, whatever it might be, is itself
something to be grateful. All these things are done to find the
most appropriate and best way to serve the gospel. It doesnít matter
what happens to us; all that matters is that we spread the gospel
faithfully. Godís Church always looks ahead, provides a vision,
and establishes appropriate policies to work. However, when all
these works are about to be launched, the Church first discerns
whether they are according to Godís will. Once they are to be executed,
we always rely on God, and carry them out with constant prayers.
If Godís servants are too attached to material belongings,
then they cannot live as His servants. Whether rich or poor, a servant
is still a servant. We are stewards. Stewards are supposed to manage
everything well and then leave it all behind. A servantís heart
is interested only in the spreading of the gospel.
Let us, then, live the rest of our remaining lives
as Godís servants, placing our faith in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, and then go and stand before the presence of God.
I have every confidence that just as you have lived by faith so
far, you will continue to live by faith into the future. In the
days to come, we should never lose our disposition as Godís servants,
nor should we seek only our own welfare and our own glory, but we
should dedicate ourselves to Godís work and live our lives by faith
entirely for His righteousness. Only then can we walk with Christ
and live our lives united with Him.
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There are so many things that I do not know. Itís
not because Iím somehow any better than you that I am admonishing
you like this. Rather, itís because God has called you as His servants
and entrusted you with His work that I can say these things. I believe
that you will faithfully carry out the task thatís been assigned
to you. Itís because you and I have the Holy Spirit in our hearts
that I believe like this.
I am happy to live as a servant of God. I am so rejoiced
that whatever I do, whether I drink or eat, I am living only for
my Master. Now, after this worship service is over, we will all
break bread together. Everyone will eat and rejoice in fellowship.
God told us that whatever we do, whether we eat or drink, we should
do all to His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). Thatís why I am happy.
Are you also happy?
Although we are truly insufficient, we are still happy,
for we are able to live for the Lord, with our hearts always upbeat
and set as Godís servants. Now then, let us all live in joy by our
faith in the Lord. I believe that it is for this very purpose, to
enable us to live like this, that God has given us the faith that
has saved us from sin, and the power and blessing to do His work.
I give all my thanks to God. Halleluiah!