Let Us Live as God’s Workers
< Matthew 10:1-8 >
“And when He had called His twelve
disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast
them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.Now
the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is
called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee,
and John his brother;Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew
the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose
surname was Thaddaeus;Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot, who
also betrayed Him. These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them,
saying: ‘Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter
a city of the Samaritans.But go rather to the lost sheep of the
house of Israel.And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven
is at hand.’Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast
out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.’”
Jesus called His twelve disciples,
and He decided to spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit
throughout the whole world through these disciples. But one of these
disciples, Judas, ended up betraying his own Teacher, for he did
not believe that Jesus was the Son of God and the Messiah who came
to this earth as the Savior of mankind. Judas sold out Jesus for
money. But later, he came to regret when he recognized that he had
actually betrayed the Son of God. We need to remember here that
as we follow Jesus, if we betray the gospel of the water and the
Spirit that the Lord has given us, we will also end up like this
Judas. Unfortunately, there are way too many Judas-like Christians
on this earth.
If none of us wants to face spiritual
death, we must all believe in and spread the God-given gospel of
the water and the Spirit wholeheartedly. For us to walk such a righteous
way, we must place our faith in the divinity of Jesus and His ministries
of the water and the blood, and of the Spirit.
This world is a spiritual battlefield
for Christians. There are many evil spirits in the world. These
spirits are looking for every opportunity to devour even those who
believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. So even if one
believes in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, if he falls
into the lust of his flesh, he will end up facing his spiritual
We should not allow the deceivers
to do everything to their hearts’ content. Rather, we, the true
Christians must stand against them by exposing the vanity of these
liars’ faith. They will then leave us alone. Otherwise, if we fail
to make our stand, we will end up being devoured by them. This is
why we must live our lives as God’s soldiers after believing in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Anyone who has received
the remission of sin by believing in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit must become a true Christian solider who preaches the
gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Am I then saying here that every believer
should become a minister? No, that is not what I am saying. It would
be even better if every believer can indeed become a minister, but
what I am saying here is that all of us must do the work of the
Kingdom of God according to the gifts that God has given to each
You need to realize that if you do
not become the army of God that serves His gospel, you will end
up being devoured by the army of Satan. There are those among us
who think, “Well, since I am not a minister, I think my faith in
the Lord is fine just as it is.” But my dear fellow believers, you
must not think like this. You must realize that Satan does not discriminate
in his attacks, and that he is intent to slay all those who do not
work for God’s Kingdom and are instead beholden to the lust of their
flesh, regardless of whether they are laymen or ministers.
Therefore, every Christian must cast
aside the three lusts of the flesh (1 John 2:16). The first lust
that we must cast aside is the lust of pleasure; we must cast aside
all our desires that go beyond the bounds of what God has permitted
us. Second, we must cast aside the lust of the eyes. Third, we must
cast aside the desire for the pride of life. You should engrave
it into your hearts that only then can you love the Lord and follow
If, by any chance, you follow the
lust of your flesh, thinking, “It’s okay, since I’ve received the
remission of all my sins,” then you will ultimately die. Because
you have received the remission of your sins, it is only natural
that Satan would not leave you alone, but would be even more intent
to knock you down, looking for every opportunity to achieve this
objective. Therefore, for us not to be slain by Satan, we must be
on constant guard, and we must wage our spiritual battle against
him by faith. Only those who win this battle can survive. And to
do so, we must believe in the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit
even more. To grow our spiritual strength, we need to fight against
the liars in these spiritual battles. It is when Christians engage
in spiritual battles that they come to realize the extent of their
faith, and it is when they fight against their enemies by the power
of the Word of the Lord that they can win souls.
If we do not continue to believe in
the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit in our hearts, we, too,
will lose not only our spiritual strength but also our material
possessions and even our own life. How would we lose all of God’s
blessings? By failing to believe in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, for this world is a spiritual battlefield, and therefore
Satan does not leave the faithless alone.
Our Lord Commanded Us to Look for the Lost Sheep
of God and Preach Them
the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit
God’s workers must always do His work.
God’s laborers must go out in search of His lost sheep. Our Lord
took twelve men as His disciples while working on this earth. And
through these disciples of Jesus, many people came to receive the
remission of their sins, and they also were able to live as the
blessed army of God and come before His presence.
It is written here in today’s Scripture
passage, “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not
enter a city of the Samaritans.But go rather to the lost sheep of
the house of Israel.And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom
of heaven is at hand.’” We must look for innocent souls, not
the spiritual Samaritans.
The Samaritans were partly related
to the Israelites, but they were not of pure blood. They were the
descendents of mixed blood, originating from some Israelites’ intermarriage
with the Assyrians during their Babylonian captivity. Therefore,
the Israelites did not accept them as their people from then on.
Spiritually speaking, it is to the
lost sheep of Israel whom we must go. We should examine every soul,
asking ourselves, “Is that person really a lost sheep to God?” There
are some on this earth who are desperately thirsting for the Word
It is when we actually do God’s work
that we are molded into Jesus’ good disciples who are fit for God’s
use. God is turning us into the well-trained soldiers of Jesus and
using us as His instruments. As we do the work of God as His laborers,
there are times when we have to break up our self-respect of the
flesh. By doing so, our thoughts are transformed before God, and
we are molded and made into good vessels that God can use as His
instruments. If we want to live the life of the discipleship of
Jesus, as God’s workers, then our Lord will turn us into His good
vessels. Those who are too meek and timid are turned more rugged
and stronger, and those who lack faith in the Word of God become
the people of faith who have strong faith in God’s Word. Strong
faith is absolutely essential to God’s workers, because we can only
carry on His work by our faith in His power. It is not by our own
strength that God’s work is done, but it is only by the power of
God that it is done.
Sinners are prone to persecute the
disciples of Jesus who are living on this earth doing God’s work.
Jesus said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant
above his master.It is enough for a disciple that he be like his
teacher, and a servant like his master” (Matthew 10:24-25).
He said that it is enough for a disciple to be like his teacher.
Jesus is the very teacher of all of
us who believe in Him. When our Lord came to this earth, he was
despised and scorned by many people. Since our Lord Himself was
persecuted, we should accept it as only natural that we, who have
become His disciples, would also be persecuted. For those who have
become Jesus’ disciples, it is enough that they are able to endure
persecution, just as our Lord had done so. And since our Lord followed
the will of God the Father while suffering severe persecution, we
should, as His disciples, also follow the will of our Lord, and
endure persecution as nothing. The disciples of Jesus must indeed
know how to take it as their joy to be persecuted by the liars.
And even in the midst of their persecution, they must know how to
follow the Lord wholly. In addition, the soldiers of the Lord must
also know how to wage spiritual war.
Everything will be revealed according
to the Truth of God. So we need to realize here that every iniquity
that people commit hidden from the others will ultimately be all
revealed, for our Lord said, “There is nothing covered that will
not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known”(Matthew 10:26).
God Has Made Us Fearless
I believe that God is alive. Our Lord
said to the workers of God, “Do not fear those who kill the body
but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy
both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). What we need to
realize here is that the One who has authority to throw sinners
into hell is God, the One who has saved us from our sins is also
the same God, and the One who has given us eternal life is this
very same God. Death does not mean the complete end of our existence.
Everyone is born once, and once dead, everyone will be brought to
eternal life again. This is what we must know and believe. Those
who, through the gospel of the water and the Spirit, believe that
Jesus has become their Savior have indeed been saved from all their
sins, but those who do not believe in this true gospel will be cast
into hell by God.
There are huge differences between
reincarnation and resurrection. Reincarnation is the notion that
when a life ends, it is reincarnated into a different life form,
and that this cycle continues on. Simply put, a soul that is born
as a grasshopper will be born as a rabbit tomorrow, and then as
a chicken the following day. But this is absolutely nonsense.
My fellow believers, we the true Christians
must not fear the anti-Christians. If those who have not been born
again do not want to share fellowship with us the born-again, then
all that we have to do is not share fellowship with them. You may
then wonder if we are not too lonely. But what is there to feel
lonely, when there are so many righteous people of God? The righteous
abhor to be with sinners. There are, after all, many people of God
with whom we the righteous can work together. It is with the people
of God with whom I want to live, and it is God’s Church with which
I want to work.
What we need to realize is that no
one will die unless God first permits him. Jesus said, “Are not
two sparrows sold for a copper coin?” When a sparrow is sold for
a dime, it may seem as if it is being sold and bought by people,
but even this is possible only when God permits it. When this is
the case, just how much care would God have for the righteous? Our
own death, too, will never come unless God permits it. When God
does not permit this, we will not die just because someone is trying
to kill us. We will die only when God permits, and nothing can come
about without God’s permission. Our life, in other words, is in
the hands of God. We are far more precious than the sparrows in
Our Lord said, “Whoever confesses
Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in
heaven.But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before
My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).
My fellow believers, if we believe
in the baptism that Jesus received and in His bloodshed on the Cross
as our salvation, He will surely accept us. In contrast, if we fail
to believe so, Jesus will also deny us. Because of our sins, He
was baptized by John the Baptist and condemned, and has thereby
saved us from all our sins. If we deny this Truth, then we are denying
Our Lord said, “Unless one is born
of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John
3:5). ‘To be born again of water and the Spirit’ is to receive
the remission of sin by believing in the Truth, that Jesus has saved
us from all the sins of the world by coming to this earth, taking
upon our sins once for all with His baptism, and dying on the Cross.
My fellow believers, among Christians, those who have truly been
born again are the ones who have received the remission of all their
sins by being born again of the water, the blood, and the Spirit.
No one can be born again unless he has faith in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit.
Do you still think that Jesus failed
to take away all your sins? When the grandmother of a sister in
my church was hospitalized, the pastor of this grandmother’s church
came to see her and said, “Try to keep saying the prayers of repentance.
Jesus took away your original sin, but He did not take away your
personal sins.” Do you believe that He took away only our original
sin, and that our personal sins were not taken away? If one believes
that Jesus took away only his original sin but not his personal
sins, then he is denying Jesus the Savior. What we must know is
that Jesus has perfectly saved all of us from all our sins by receiving
His baptism and shedding His blood.
But if one denies this Truth of the
water and the Spirit, Jesus will also deny him. Jesus will say,
“You said that you did not know Me. You said that I did not take
away all your sins. I don’t know you, either then. Go away. I will
send you to the hottest place!” If we do not believe in the baptism
and bloodshed of Jesus, then so will Jesus deny us, and if we believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, then we will be permitted
to enter Heaven according to our faith.
Our God is the God of justice and
equity. Jesus is the God of Truth. God’s gospel of the water and
the Spirit is His righteousness, not a lie. If our Lord were to
just approve anyone who tries hard to believe in Him somehow, why
would He have given us the gospel of the water and the Spirit by
sacrificing Himself so much? It was precisely to save us from all
our sins that He sacrificed Himself and gave us the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, but only if we believe in this gospel. He
does not say, “Well, since they profess to believe in Me and are
trying so hard to live as Christians, how could I say that I don’t
know them? They don’t have the right answer, but I should still
approve them on a compassionate ground.” Therefore, if one does
not know the gospel of the water and the Spirit, then he has not
been saved from all his sins.
Our Lord said, “Do not think that
I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but
a sword” (Matthew 10:34). Our workers must never misunderstand
this. It is not proper for the righteous to be amicable with sinners
and to live in peace no matter what this entails, but they must
preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit that reconciles these
sinners with God. Our Lord is saying to us, “So will you believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit or not? I have blotted
out all your sins. Will you believe this or not?” If we believe,
then He will save us, but if we do not believe, then He will destroy
The Lord said that He did not come
to bring peace, but to sow conflict. He came to this earth to set
daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law, fathers against their
sons, and grandparents against their grandchildren. Jesus is at
once both a spiritual Warrior and the King of peace.
Although Jesus has blotted out all
the sins of the world, He cannot save those who still do not believe
in the Truth despite this. My fellow believers, if you believe in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, then you will be reconciled
with God, but if you do not believe in this gospel, you will remain
as God’s enemies. The born-again may very well find their enemies
in their own household—that is, your own family members who have
not been born again may become your enemies.
From time to time, we visit hospitals
to preach the gospel, and some of the stories that we have heard
from the patients there are rather hair-raising.
“Hello, how have you been? By the
way, where is the other patient? Did he go somewhere?”
“Actually, he died yesterday.”
People speak of human death so easily.
Of course, it’s not they who died but someone else, but still, sometimes
they speak of it too lightly, as if it’s only a trivial affair.
Feeling no sadness, they simply say, “He has passed away.”
People who have not received the remission
of sin are in fact heartlessly unloving and unmerciful (Romans 1:31).
They remain indifferent even as one of their own sisters and brothers
dies. They are saddened but only a little. They look grieved while
they attend the funeral ceremony, but they forget all about it as
soon as they head back to their homes in their cars.
My fellow believers, the born-again
are not heartless. They really keep the weak in their hearts. It
is heartbreaking for them to be unable to help because of their
inability. We may have said some nasty things to one another in
our quarrels, but in the hearts of us the righteous, compassion
for the others always remains. We always have concern and care for
our fellow believers, wanting them to prosper in both body and spirit.
It hurts our hearts to see those who
still have not received the remission of their sins, because we
all have compassionate hearts for them fundamentally. We actually
have compassionate and merciful hearts for them, hoping that they
would prosper. It is our wish that wherever they go, they would
go to God’s Church that preaches the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, receive the remission of their sins, faithfully attend God’s
Church, and be blessed. Yet it saddens me deeply to see that there
is no mercy of God in many people’s hearts.
If someone goes out to the world and
dose not live any longer as God’s worker in His Church, it is very
easy for him to lose his born-again heart, no matter how firmly
he is determined to live with the gospel.
He Who Loves God the Most
True Christians love God and do His
work. Our Lord said, “He who loves father or mother more than
Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than
Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:37).
My fellow believers, think about this
once again. If you want to live your lives as God’s workers, you
should have the heart that loves God the most. Only when you love
God more than anyone or anything else in this world can you become
His good workers.
We cannot actually love God more through
our own efforts, just by trying to love Him more. On the contrary,
it is by abandoning our trust in our flesh and by casting aside
the lust of the flesh, by placing our faith in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, and thereby by letting the love of God reign
our hearts, that we can live as the true disciples of Jesus Christ.
Just as our hearts receive the remission of our sins, God simultaneously
becomes the loveliest One to us all.
Our Lord said, “He who loves father
or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.” This passage does
not mean that we should not love our parents, but that we should
realize that God is more worthy of our love and respect than our
parents are. This is what our Lord is saying to us. In other words,
because God is far more honorable than our parents of the flesh,
and because He has given us far better things than our parents,
we should love this God the most, and in this love of God should
we also honor and love our parents of the flesh. Our Lord is far
more lovable than our own wives, children, land, wealth, money,
reputation, pleasure, ourselves, or anything else in this entire
world. There is nothing in this world that is more lovable than
My fellow believers, though we love
ourselves, when we compare ourselves to the Lord, we cannot help
but confess that the Lord is far more lovable and precious than
us. Just as Peter confessed his faith by saying, “Yes, Lord; You
know that I love You,” we, too, cannot avoid but make the same confession
of faith. Our Lord is truly majestic and truly lovable to us. There
is no one in this world, in the entire universe and for eternity,
who is better than our Lord. No material can ever be better than
our Lord. Nor can any pleasure ever be better than the Lord.
God’s workers love the Lord the most
and serve Him. In fact, it is only such people who can become God’s
laborers. And God also loves first the workers who always think
of Him. Let me make it clear here that you and I must indeed live
as such workers.
Sometimes, being parents, we may show
more care for our children than the Lord, but we still believe in
the center of our hearts that even our own children can never be
more precious than the Lord Himself. Can you understand what I am
trying to say here? If we were to compare our own children to the
Lord and estimate their worth, our Lord is far more valuable than
even our own children. It is not because we do not love our children
that we love the Lord more, but we do so because our Lord is worthier
than even our children. And to care for and cherish our children
in the love of our Lord is true love. When I say that we love God
more than our parents and children, some of you may mistakenly think
that I am telling you not to love your children and parents and
to abandon them, but this is not what I am saying here. I am not
telling you to abandon your own children and parent, but to love
Remember what the Lord said here,
“He who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy
of Me” (Matthew 10:38). A true worker of God is someone who
can follow the Lord even amid hardship. You and I must be able to
follow the Lord even as we face difficulties and hardship.
This is something that is actually
very hard to practice. Having said, “He who loves father or mother
more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter
more than Me is not worthy of Me,” our Lord then added, “And
he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy
of Me.” What He is telling us as a whole here is that we must
love the Lord more than ourselves.
Every worker who follows God is bound
to have his own cross. In other words, those who believe in Jesus
and want to serve Him are bound to face hardship and suffering.
And it is those who, even as they find themselves in the middle
of this suffering, still trust in the Lord, persevere and endure,
and still follow our Lord, that are the true workers of Jesus. In
other words, those who follow the Lord not just when they are comfortable,
but even as they face hardship, are the real workers of God.
It is through such workers of God
that Jesus is fulfilling His will. My fellow believers, if this
is indeed true, then you and I must all become God’s workers as
well. We should not be satisfied at just being His saints. We must
become His faithful workers. We must live our lives as His workers.
Only then is God’s will fulfilled. Only when we live as His workers
can we avoid our spiritual death and receive and enjoy all the blessings
that God bestows on us.
My fellow believers, take a look at
the brothers and sisters who have only recently received the remission
of their sins. We see that because they have not been led to become
God’s workers, too many of them are living without any purpose,
even as they have become new creatures. When so many people are
dying, and when so many souls are heading straight to hell, anyone
who believes just by himself and does not spread the good news to
others is a wicked one. Such people are like the servant who was
given a talent, who will be selected out in the end (Matthew 25:28-30).
God is telling those of us who have
received the remission of our sins to become His workers, regardless
of whether we are insufficient or not. He is telling us to live
as such workers who spread the gospel and whose lives are devoted
to it. If we live our lives as these workers who serve the gospel,
God will help us in countless ways. Why would He help us? Because
it is only proper that the Father would give us more nourishments,
so that we, as the branches of the vine of Jesus, would bear more
But what will happen if branches grow
from the vine and yet they just sit there and do not bear any fruit?
God will cut off from the main vine all such branches that remain
fruitless no matter how much nourishment they receive. When the
fruitless branches are cut off, new buds will sprout in their place.
The old branches will then supply these new sprouts with nutrients
and nourishment from the root, so that they may flower and bear
grapes. When the predecessors of faith supply the new buds with
the Word of God, the new branches will soon bear fruits.
Those who first have received the
remission of their sins must travel around and spread the gospel,
while the predecessor of faith continue to supply these newly born
again people with nourishment. In this way, more people come to
receive the remission of their sins. So it is through these old
branches, and through the brothers and sisters who have just received
the remission of their sins, that the gospel continues to be spread.
As you spread the gospel, you need to teach people how they should
live after receiving the remission of their sins.
If you and I do not serve the gospel
after receiving the remission of our sins, we will fall apart from
God’s Church. Anyone who has become a new branch must bear fruits
and multiply; if he is lazy at this, the Lord will cut him loose.
Therefore, if you have really received the remission of your sins,
you must pray to God to give you stronger faith. And you need to
listen to the Word of God diligently, and act according to the Word
even though you are not good at practicing the Word. As we preach
the gospel of the water and the Spirit according to the written
Word of God, if we ever find ourselves at a loss for words, all
that we have to do is pray and receive renewed strength.
My fellow believers, it is when you
become God’s workers that you receive His blessings. If you have
become righteous, then only when you live as God’s workers will
He continue to supply you with endless nourishment. From this nourishment,
you will then come to bear more fruits; and so that you would continue
to bear even more fruits, God will continue to supply you with the
sufficient nourishment that is needed for it. The branches that
are thus nourished by faith are bound to grow into thick and large
branches, and when these branches sprout even more buds and new
branches grow out of them, they will become even larger and stronger.
This is the desirable life of the righteous.
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A vine tree is empty inside. None
other than we ourselves are the vine branches. We who have decided
to live as the workers of our God must empty out our hearts. And
we must fill these emptied rooms of our hearts with the Word of
God by believing in it. It would be nice if emptying our hearts
were as easy as emptying a garbage can, but it surely is not the
case: Emptying our hearts requires enormously difficult task of
self-denial. Nonetheless, God’s workers know very well that the
greater their suffering and hardship are, the more occasions there
will be to use their faith, and the thicker and stronger the branches
I would like to admonish all of you
who have received the remission of your sins to become God’s workers,
for God Himself, for the souls of the whole world, for your families
and relatives, neighbors and friends, and for the sake of yourselves
alike. Become the workers who serve the gospel, the workers who
preach the gospel; become such workers of God. God will then bless
It is my most ardent hope and prayer
that you would all become God’s workers above all else, lest you
should be preyed upon by the Devil. When you set your hearts upright
before God and live as His workers, you will see yourselves that
God indeed gives you more faith and helps you.
May God bless and guard you all!