Share in All Good Things Of
God with the One Who Leads You
Galatians 6:1-10 >
if a man is overtaken in any trespass,
you who are spiritual restore such a one
in a spirit of gentleness, considering
yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear
one another’s burdens, and so fulfill
the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks
himself to be something, when he is nothing,
he deceives himself. But let each one
examine his own work, and then he will
have rejoicing in himself alone, and not
in another. For each one shall bear his
own load. Let him who is taught the word
share in all good things with him who
teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not
mocked; for whatever a man sows, that
he will also reap. For he who sows to
his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption,
but he who sows to the Spirit will of
the Spirit reap everlasting life. And
let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap if we
do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have
opportunity, let us do good to all, especially
to those who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians chapter 6 verses 6-7 states, “Let him who is taught
the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived,
God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
If you lead a life of faith by knowing the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, you can please God. The Apostle Paul tells us that we have to
share in all good things with him who teaches. If we lead a life of faith by
finding out and realizing the meaning of this passage from the Bible, our lives
of faith will surely be smooth sailing. If he had said, ‘you should share in
bad things with him who teaches,’ it would be a problem, but because he had
told us to share all good things, all we have to do is to share good things
according to God’s Word.
The Reason for Us to Share in All Good
Things with Our Leader Is Clear
We must share the faith of believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit with our leader. It is important that we have the same faith
in the Lord and we share the works of serving the Lord with our leader. If the
saints or the servants of God who have received remission of sins do not share
in all good things with their leader, they will face many difficulties. There
cannot be an isolated person who leads a good life of faith in God’s church
on his own. It is only when the saints and the servants unite with their leader
that they can carry on their spiritual lives well.
Because God told us to share good things, we must unite with
God through the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
with which we receive salvation from all sins. To unite with the servant of
God who precedes all others in His Church, is to unite with Him. But the Apostle
Paul admonished the Galatian believers because they had not done so.
What Would Happen If We Were to Try to
Become People of God by Receiving Physical Circumcision?
The Apostle Paul said, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;
for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). In other
words, he is saying that if people were to believe that they would become a
descendant of Abraham by receiving physical circumcision after believing in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, such faith would be greatly wrong. The
Lord has saved us from all sins by the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit.
But if one were to hypnotize oneself and to believe in a strange gospel of his
own making, it would be greatly wrong before God. For us to try to become God’s
people of concrete faith by following the example of those who claim physical
circumcision would also be truly wrong, more than ever so. This is the faith
of mocking God before Him.
God saved us from all sins once and for all by the gospel of
the water and the Spirit. Therefore, we must purely believe in our hearts according
to the Word of Truth that is recorded in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
by which God has saved us from sins, and we must go before God with such faith.
However, the problem is that there are those who are convinced of their salvation
by false faith of their own making, apart from the gospel of the water and the
Spirit. People of Galatia didn’t receive salvation from their sins by receiving
circumcision in the flesh.
The word “to mock” in today’s Scripture passage has the meaning,
to deride or to ridicule. God is saying that those who try to become Christians
by receiving circumcision in the flesh are ridiculing God by the faith of their
own making. Because their salvation relies on the faith of their own making,
it would be something that mocks God.
Whenever I have time, I think about the works of God, especially
about the overseas mission. I am wholly absorbed in the spreading of the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. Even today, I was discussing the spread of the
gospel of the water and the Spirit with the staff ministers of our mission and
talking about what we could do to serve the gospel of God better.
Dear fellow believers, in order to serve the gospel better,
I am now preparing a business with my coworkers. In order to run this business
successfully, we are studying and researching the market, making and testing
new products, and so on. All the earnings from this business will be used for
spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Therefore, for you to unite
with us in this new business is to spread the gospel of God together and to
follow the Lord. Do not seek to do something original on your own. Rather, you
have to think about what is necessary and beneficial for the church of God to
truly serve the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Only then, you can find
the right way to serve the gospel. When we share the faith of believing in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit with our leader, the spread of the gospel
of the Lord will make rapid progress.
The Apostle Paul told us to share in all good things with him
who teaches the Word, and this is a very important mandate we have to keep in
mind. Because the Apostle Paul’s faith was correct and his way of serving the
Lord was right, the Galatian saints who were taught by him should have united
with him in serving the works of God with his same faith and heart. But they
didn’t take this admonition to heart, and as a result, they ended up going astray
and dying off. This is why the Apostle Paul told us to share in doing good works.
If we understand and follow this lesson, we will receive spiritual blessings.
The Apostle Paul said that the proponents of physical circumcision
in his time were not correct, and that all the saints had to share all good
things with him, that is, to live by the faith in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit and to spread this gospel. If the Apostle Paul tells us to share
all good works with him, what do you and I have to do in this day and age? In
this day and age, all you and I have to do is to go before God with the faith
of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and also, to unite with
the works of the church of God, ruminating on this true gospel everyday. When
we all decide on a plan after consulting one another, all we have to do is to
gather all our collective strength and do it together.
There are works that we challenge by faith because it is beneficial
to the Lord’s Kingdom and would further the spreading of the gospel. It might
seem to be an imprudent act, but by doing it all together, we get to taste God’s
blessings because it is for the spreading of the gospel, not for the realization
of our personal desires. If we share the good work with our leaders and do it
together, we would be serving the Lord and we would be able to defend our faith
automatically. And the growth of our faith, the receiving of God’s blessings,
and our service to Him would all be realized by their own accord. It means that
people can neither lead a life of serving the Lord nor a life of faith until
the end if they do not share all good things with their leaders, if they devote
themselves only to their own affairs and not to the works of God’s church, if
they try to do in their own style, or if they work separately while saying God
has entrusted a separate work for me.
Today, there are people who have left the church of God even
after spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit like you. Because they
do not truly believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit together with
us, they are leaving the church of God. They are leaving while slandering God’s
church because they did not unite their heart with His Church where the righteous
are united with their leaders in all good things.
Actually, if God’s servants were to continue to serve the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, it is the case that the saints would follow those
steps. Be that as it may, does our church compel the saints to make monetary
offerings? Since we do not even do that, there is only one single reason why
they find it difficult to be in the church of God: They believe the church lies
in telling them to spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit and to keep
that faith. They wish for the church of God to express some of the inner desires
of the flesh, for example, singing popular songs once in while, but because
all we do is simply devote ourselves to the works of God’s righteousness, they
leave the church saying that such things are tedious. In short, they did not
want to join in their hearts spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit
everyday. Also, they didn’t want to devote themselves to the overseas mission
and to the righteousness of God everyday.
Of course, some of them might leave the church of God because
of temptations, but the roots of their departure lies in their love for their
own desires. The fundamental reason why they left the church of God is because
they didn’t have the solid faith of believing in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit in their hearts. They had to believe absolutely in their hearts the
gospel of the water and the Spirit, and they had to share good things with God’s
servants who had taught them. Yet, they left because they could not do so.
While we are gathered here at this hour, have I ever given
a sermon, quoting pedantic words from philosophers such as Socrates, Plato,
Nietzsche, Hegel, and so on? What use would such people’s logic have in our
lives of faith? All we have to do is discuss and learn what the Word of God
means and take part in the virtuous works of God along with the servants of
God who lead us. However, people reach their spiritual death by not doing so
and by leading a life of faith on their own accord.
It was the case that the saints in the churches of Galatia
were leading a life of faith on their own accord. Even though the Apostle Paul
hadn't taught them to do so, the believers of Galatia went astray by accepting
and believing in the other gospel of their own accord, and their faith was deteriorated
eventually. That is why the Apostle Paul said, “But even if we, or
an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached
to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8).
What Does the Apostle Paul Mean by “What
We Have Preached ”?
There were times when I was perplexed, not knowing the gospel
that the Apostle Paul had preached. I use to think, “In the Bible, there is
the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Matthew, but how curious. What is the gospel
Paul had preached? The Apostle Paul wrote about ‘any gospel other than what
he had preached,’ but is there a gospel other than the gospel of the blood of
the Cross? Is the gospel that he believed different because he was so spiritually
Before I was born again by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, I had only believed in the blood of the Cross, without knowing
this gospel of the Truth. However, the gospel that Paul had preached was the
very true gospel that had the baptism of Jesus and the blood of the Cross in
The Apostle Paul clearly meant “the gospel of the water and
the Spirit” when he spoke of the gospel “we have preached.” If the believers
of Galatian churches had united their hearts in the gospel that the Apostle
Paul had preached and in the spreading of the gospel; if they had prayed together,
believed, and served the gospel along with him, God would have been pleased.
If they had such faith, there wouldn’t have been any problems.
Yet, people in the Galatian churches separated themselves from
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. They led a life of faith by creating
a gospel in their own way. That is why they all fell into strange teachings
when the supporters of physical circumcision had come to the churches of Galatia.
They went astray despite the numerous guiding teachings of the Apostle Paul
about the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Today, we should listen to the
words of the Apostle Paul, share the good works with Him, and lead a faithful
life with the same faith. Because God has told us to share the good works with
His servants, all we have to do is to support the church of God in whatever
work it pursues.
I am so glad that our ministers do not give sermons during
the ministry hours by copying sermon series of other ministers after waiting
around. We, the servants of God, do more work than the saints. We are so glad
to work together with the saints while serving the Lord in the forefront, glad
to spread the gospel all over the world without trying to just grow only our
own churches, glad to try to obey God’s commands, and glad to follow His will.
How good is it for them to follow the Lord’s will without ministering to spreading
the gospel in their own accord? It is so pleasing that there is nothing here
to quarrel about, that there is no need for promotion, that each person is devoted
to works that he or she is in charge of, and that we are serving the Lord in
union with the church of God. Before God, how good were our lives?
Dear fellow believers, we are sharing the works of God. If
those who precede us uphold and serve the will of God first, the rest of us
must pray for them and share in all good things with them. To do so, we must
unite wholeheartedly with the leader-servants of God personally and do the works
of God together with them. It is because God tells us to share in all good things
with him who teaches. For all the works that we do, aren’t we doing them all
to spread the gospel, not to satisfy our personal desires? We shouldn’t just
say with lips, “I will live for the Lord! I believe you Lord.” But, we should
truly believe in our hearts, and then actually do the works of God by offering
ourselves. I am saying that we should share the works of God.
What use is it if we try hard to minister like the people who
weren’t born again from their sins, if we attempt to minister by banging on
the podiums and telling their foolish followers to offer money everyday. Even
if they minister well for themselves, all that they are able to do is to build
a huge chapel for themselves. In God’s churches, people who are born again by
the gospel of the water and the Spirit minister together to spread the gospel
all over the world. Other than this, there is nothing else involved in sharing
in all the good works of God. When we share in all good things with the servants
of God who teach us, all things work together for the good to those who love
God, and thus, the gospel is propagated. That is why we must share in all good
things with His Church in our life of faith.
It Is Right for Us to Unite with the
Good Works of God in Our Life of Faith
We must believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit individually,
but the life of faith in which we follow and serve the Lord and live by upholding
the Lord’s will is something that we should do by uniting with the church of
God. After we have received the remission of sins, we have to share all good
things with the church, and go forward together with the servants of God if
their plans are good before God. The only thing that members who are behind
have to do is to follow those who precede them. To share good things with God’s
church is to follow its decisions with their hearts. We must encourage ourselves
to join in on the good works of God. And in any case, we must wholeheartedly
share in all good things with those who teach us and lead a faithful life of
faith. That is how to pursue the will of God. In doing so, we become people
approved by God. When we share in all good works with the church of God, we
are precisely living a true life of faith.
Must we pray a great deal personally, see visions, perceive
the word personally, and propagate the gospel a great deal to lead a true life
of faith? That is not so. If the church of God sets a goal to spread the gospel
all over the world and this is also the will of God, then we have to take part
in this mission by uniting our hearts for this goal. It is natural that those
who have the Holy Spirit want to take part in serving the gospel voluntarily
without being forced to do so.
Thus, when I consult with my fellow workers, I express my views
strongly, and also, if their words are right, I give an approval. By the way,
I think that uniting with the work of God is more important than any thing else.
We are currently extending our business to spread the gospel
better. By doing this work well, our goal to spread the gospel all over the
world will be accomplished much earlier than we have expected. Because the objective
of all our work is to spread of the gospel, we must carry on the business well,
so that we can pass on the gospel and distribute the food of life to everyone
around the world for free. Otherwise, it will become more difficult. Sharing
the work of God with His servants to spread the gospel of the water and the
Spirit is leading a life of faith well. For example, Aquila and his wife Priscilla,
who were tentmakers by occupation, were working together with the Apostle Paul
in the same trade to serve the gospel (Acts 18:2-3). Life of faith is something
simple. Participating in and Praying for God’s work with His Church is none
other than leading a good life of faith. As long as the work is not robbery,
sharing all good works together with God’s servants is doing well.
God told us to share in all the good works with the one who
teaches God’s Word. Nothing, other than doing so, is the true life of faith.
Having received the remission of sins by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, it is not the case that some people’s faith will grow further
by exerting zeal and by praying fervently or undertaking deeds beyond their
strength, or that a spiritually indolent person will become degenerated. If
we take part in the work of spreading the gospel that the church of God does,
our faith will grow and mature automatically.
Secret to Growth of Faith Before God
Is Not in Anything Else
If we share the good works that the church of God does, our
hearts will be pleased and happy, although we may be physically tired. Just
as when Elizabeth heard the greeting voice of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb
for her joy, the Holy Spirit is feeling happy inside our hearts when we are
willing to unite with the works of God. Dear fellow believers, there must have
been times when your heart felt happy because the Holy Spirit was happy when
we were doing missionary works even though we may had initially felt dislike
when we were told to do such works. If we share the good works of God, the faith
of believing in God will grow well. Actually, people who share the good work
that God is pleased with lead a much better life of faith than those who look
at the Bible by themselves and offer fasting prayers.
Here, the Apostle Paul tells us to share the good things with
him who teaches, and if so, all we have to do together is the works of God.
What is the slogan of our missionary organization? What is written in the weekly
bulletin? For us, all our goals of ministry lie in the spreading of the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. The Lord told us to boast about the gospel of the
Lord, not to boast of ourselves or be saddened by our own weaknesses. Isn’t
it only right that we must endure if we hope to spread the gospel all over the
world? Therefore, the true life of faith is sharing in the good things with
the church of God, that is, spreading the gospel throughout the world, enduring,
and living with hope. “Why do I fail to lead a life of faith well? Why can’t
I become like that? I do things diligently, yet why am I lacking each day?”
That is because one can does the work of God separately all by oneself, without
uniting with God’s Church. We must share the works of God by heart with His
Church. In doing so, the Lord will become pleased, and the will of the Lord
shall be realized through His help.
In Psalms, it is said,
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments” (Psalms 133:1-2).
God’s blessings are with all those who share in the good works
in His Church. It means that God speaks to His leader-servants and blesses them
first, and then the blessings would be granted to those who share in the good
things with their leaders. That is why He said, “Behold, how good and how
pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” He was saying that
such blessings would be upon those who share in all good things with their church
leaders. Hence, all we have to do is be together with the church of God. Awake
or asleep, if the church of God aims at spreading the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, all we have to do is to take part in this mission together. Would
God be pleased if we were to cease spreading the gospel all over the world and
we spread the gospel only in Korea? He would not be pleased. If we were not
to share the works of the church of God, would the Lord be pleased? He would
not be pleased.
I consider the workers of God precious. I think about those
among the saints who share in all good things by uniting with God’s church as
His workers, and I consider them precious. After coming to this meeting, if
you think to yourself, “How many times has the gospel of the water and the Spirit
been emphasized up to now in his sermon?” instead of believing in the true gospel,
I would like to ask you to go and find another church that suits your taste.
Whenever I open my mouth, I preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Those
who are looking for something other than the gospel of the water and the Spirit
must go to other places. Why? It is because such people are not sharing the
good works of God.
We are the servants of God. With the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, the Lord has saved us from all our sins. We are the people who have
received the remission of sins by believing in the Word of God and who have
come to share the works of God with thankful hearts. Thus, we believe in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit and share in the good works with the preachers
of God’s Word. Because it is said that the Lord is pleased by the work of spreading
the gospel all over the world, we place our hearts there together. The Lord
is pleased with us because we have set our mind toward this goal, not because
of our own ability.
Yet, some ministers say, “This is not my style of pastoral
ministry. I have decided in my heart to spread the gospel throughout the world
after having gathered ten thousand people as my church members.” Such a pastor
is saying that he would never build another church until the number of his church
members reaches ten thousand. It might be difficult to achieve such a greedy
goal even if one sacrifices one’s own entire life. Yet, is this the will of
The work that the Lord is pleased with is that of spreading
the gospel. Uniting with the will of the Lord is for us to set our target precisely
on spreading the gospel and to unite ourselves in the direction that the church
of God is moving toward. First of all, everyone must receive salvation by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. There is no other gospel besides
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. One must believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit and receive salvation from sins. Then, all one has to do
is to take part in the works that the church of God is doing. By doing so, one
For Us to Share in the Good Works Together
Is Never a Difficult Thing
Do I emphasize anything else to you? To spread the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, our bodies have to be healthy, and we must consistently
support this work today as well as tomorrow. Because we must support our mission
in spreading the gospel, we are running the new businesses. And, you and I also
join in on the good work so that we may continue to work together. I am doing
the work not because I know how to do these things but because I want to do
the good work together. As it is written, “Therefore, whether you
eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” (1 Corinthians
10:31) our standard of judgment is whether or not it is beneficial to the
spreading of the gospel. If some people do things not beneficial to the spreading
of the gospel, we tell them that it would be better to do such and such since
that is not right. All you have to do is to believe the leadership of God’s
church and follow as it leads. Then, it is the case that all our hearts are
at peace. Because we are not requesting different things apart from the spreading
of the gospel, I would be comfortable, and it would also be comfortable for
you to see me. We would be mutually comfortable.
If there is something that I want from you, it is for you to
believe that there is no other gospel besides the gospel of the water and the
Spirit. Everyone has to receive the remission of sins by believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit with their heart. And, God is pleased with our spreading
of the gospel of the water and the Spirit all over the world after we receive
salvation. That is why I ask you to join in on the works of serving the gospel
with God’s church. This is all that I wish from you. Because I am also a member
of God’s church, I join in this precious task and it is the case that you join
in also. Our aim in life is to spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
and there is nothing else.
Have You Ever Felt That the Goal of Our Church Has Changed?
From the beginning up until now, for more than ten years we’ve
never changed the objective of our church, and even if the whole world changes
into a new one, there isn’t going to be a change. When the Rapture occurs in
the future, if there still are people remaining on the ground, who have not
been raised, despite truly having believed in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, they have to share in the good works even then, that is, spread the
gospel. Instead of looking for a rat hole and hiding, they must spread the gospel
even though they would have to die anyway. That is all they would need to do.
Thus, I speak honestly and frankly before everyone who has
received the remission of sins: “The only direction where our church should
move is toward spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit. And we are
all friends, fellow workers, and laborers if we share the goal and do it together.”
Besides the spreading of the gospel, there is no other goal in our lives. Whether
by life or by death, we must live for the glory of God, live by the Word of
God, and share in all good things with His Church according to His will. For
us to share the good things with the preceding servant of God is very simple.
All you have to do is to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
to unite with heart and participate in the spreading of the gospel, and to share
by faith according to the abilities and wisdom that God has given you.
Recently, the church of God purchased a chapel building. We
did so because it was suitable to serving the gospel, not because there was
any other objective. Since we were told to share in all good works, we did it
because it was evaluated as being beneficial to the spreading of the gospel.
To share in everything if it is beneficial to the gospel is something very simple.
Although a life of faith may seem difficult and complex, it is very clear and
simple. That is the only thing that God expects from us. All we have to do is
truly believe in our hearts when we are told to believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit. To those who have received salvation, God says that they
are good. God invites us, if we want to, to share in the spreading of the gospel
all over the world, and if we share in it, He says that we are good and faithful.
Dear fellow believers, that is the way to lead a life of faith.
It is only right that we obey those who precede us in faith and that we unite
with them by faith and follow them, because we are told to share with them in
all good works and because we don’t have to think in a complicated way and try
to probe into people’s thoughts. Because we are told to share in the good works
and because the work of spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit throughout
the world is the very good work, we share in it.
Is it right for us to disregard those who are leading us by
faith? Is it something that is right or not right? It is not right at all. If
one were to ignore those who precede him or her in faith, that person would
also be ignored.
Dear fellow believers, is there a difficulty in leading a life
of faith or not? There surely is. But, must we look toward and follow the Lord
while carrying our own cross without thinking only about difficulties? Yes,
we must. Are difficulties in just one person or are they in everyone? They are
in everyone. If we look into it, everyone has difficulties. When you experience
a difficulty, you say, “Maybe I only have such a difficulty,” but if you carefully
look into people here and there, they all have difficulties. We are perfect
only by faith, but because there is no one who is perfect in the flesh, everyone
has many anxieties and concerns. That is why it is written that we should share
the burdens, and thus, there is no need to point fingers at one another. One
should carry one’s own burden, but there are instances where each person must
help one another. And there are instances where one must accept each other and
cooperate with one another. Whether distinguished or foolish, we must lead the
life of faith in that manner.
There Are Times When I Even Feel Weary
in My Body and Soul
I don’t work boldly before God because I never feel weary.
There is no one who goes on boldly, not feeling weary. Of course, there are
many occasions when I wish never to be tied down and made to run forward forcibly.
But, God granted hardships on everyone. The Apostle Paul had
a sickness in the body, and the Lord said that He gave him this sickness because
he might become arrogant if he were to run forward forcibly by himself by faith
on his own. “Is that faith? Belief? Look at me.” Lest one should become so arrogant
and haughty by oneself, God gave each of us hardship so that we may realize
our deficiencies and be humble. Thus, if the others face difficulties, the leaders
should share fellowship with them, if there are things to reprimand in them,
the preceding person should reprimand them, and if there are insufficiencies
that need compassion, one should give compassion to the depressed. One should
neither abase others nor slander them by saying, “How can a saint do that!”
There are 10 times more faults in oneself than in those in a person to which
one points a finger.
No matter how lacking a worker might be, he or she would be
a precious person if he or she were to share in the good works. However, the
problem arises when one does not share in the good works with the church of
God. If one were not to share the good works with God’s Church but instead do
them in one’s own style due to that person’s own arrogance, we must reprimand
strongly and make that person turn around. But if one were to share in things
despite one’s own deficiencies, we should consider that person precious. That
is the true faith.
As we are told to share in the good works, could we possibly
ignore the spiritual order? If the order comes to collapse, the spread of the
gospel of the water and the Spirit cannot be possible. For this reason, we must
obey the spiritual order of God’s Church to share the good works. Instead of
quitting because it is hard to work or saying, “Look at me. I do things better
than you,” because it is easy to work, we must serve in the church of God by
the gospel of God and devote ourselves to the God-given works whether we are
lacking or talented. Whatever the case, because the will of the Lord is for
us to share in the good works and to seek benefit for the gospel, there is no
law saying that a person should stop doing the works of the Lord because he
or she is meager, and there is no law saying that a person should stand above
others just because he or she is prominent. Although our individuality may differ,
what the Lord wants is for us to do things together within the order God has
established in His Church.
Actually, if it is beneficial to the gospel and if the will
of the Lord could be realized, one would feel happy even if one’s self-esteem
were to crumble. Not caring if we feel happy, joyous, distressed, or sad, we
should look and believe in the Lord and press on toward the goal for the prize
of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). Believing in,
looking toward, and praying to the Lord that He will resolve all problems, we
should simply go on running toward the goal by faith.
A certain minister says, “I cannot do pastoral ministry any
longer because I feel weary having suffered such an incident.” He is not someone
who shares in the good works of God. Everyone has his own burden as it is said,
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Is there anyone that doesn’t have
a burden? A person without burden is a person who does not share in the good
works with the Lord. Everyone has a burden.
We love and cherish each other because we share the good works
with each other. Each of us has a marked individuality, but because our care
for the gospel is the same, we are able to put aside each one’s deficiencies.
It is said that we have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover
a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
Dear fellow believers, is your life of faith difficult or easy?
It would be easy if one resolved to share in the good works by the faith of
believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit in the heart. But, your
life of faith would be difficult if you did not resolve to share the good works
in your heart, and instead did things in your own style according to the situation.
Would you like to always have a difficult and strenuous life
of faith with problems after problems? If not, set your mind to serve the gospel
and go on running toward this goal by faith.
It is said, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”
(Amos 3:3). If we share in doing the good works, we will be well acquainted
whenever we meet each other and we will feel good in whatever we may do. And
although the work may be tiring, it feels good to share in it. However if we
were to not share in the work with our hearts, we would instead feel uneasy
even though we are working together in a same room.
These are not just my words. But God also desires you to do
so, saying, “Do you care for Me? Do you want to live by My will? Is it not right
for you to share in all good things with those who teach My Word to you?” God
knows everything. There is only one thing that we could say. “But, the Lord
saved me from sins by the water and the Spirit, took me in as one of the people
of God, and told me to do the good works that the Lord likes and is pleased
with. I will share in these works.” There is nothing for us to say except these
words. It is not that the life of faith is complex and difficult but we have
to simply do what is required.
As we share in these good works, we would improve in body and
soul because the Holy Spirit within us changes us in our heart and in our faith
and because He gives us understanding and wisdom. Improvement occurs because
we share in doing good things, and if we were to not share in doing good things,
there would be no improvement.
Can you become a spiritual Christian just by reading the Bible
all day long and praying incessantly by saying, “Lord, please make me spiritual”?
Doing works that the Lord is pleased with, praying together if there is the
need for prayer, going together if asked at the moment to go and do rough works,
and battling together if there is the need for battle—these actions are what
is meant sharing in the good works. Dear fellow believers, people who live by
faith are those that share in the good works with one who teaches the Word.
Faith will grow in such people and they will receive blessings even in a physical
sense. You must be seeing and experiencing such things.
Even those places, which didn’t have any customers before,
suddenly become crowded with new customers right after we go there. Because
Jesus Christ is the origin of good fortune and we are His disciples, people
are crowded and everything goes well in places where we prefer to go. It is
because God gives blessings to the righteous.
God blesses those who share in the good works and live by faith
after being born again of water and the Spirit. If one believes in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit and shares in the good works, God will see this
and then make the person blessed. But if one were to say that he or she serves
the Lord well without believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and
without sharing in the good works, it would be mocking God. God told us not
to mock God, but I am saying that there are those who do so. To mock God is
to ridicule and scorn God. To say, “I have lived so for you,” without uniting
hearts in the works of God, that is precisely scorning and deceiving God.
God scorns such a person. The Lord saved us by the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, but not believing in this Truth would be mocking Him.
God said, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man
sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). If one believes in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, one receives salvation, and if one believes in
God and shares in the good work of spreading the gospel, that person will receive
blessings of faith and blessings in body and soul. You must have experienced
God’s blessings upon you when you shared in the good works. It is the case that
when one shares in the Lord’s work sincerely and faithfully, God helps and fills
all the deficiencies of the person on various aspects, but it wouldn’t be so
if someone were to just pretend to do these works together. We must actually
share in the good works. All we have to do is that. If there still are dregs
of the flesh in your heart, it is difficult for you to live entirely for the
gospel. But, if the dregs are peeled off by faith, one would be able to taste
true joy and live according to the Lord’s will.
You may think that you are the most troubled, but do you think
that there cannot be anyone who is facing more hardship than you are? Everyone
has hardships. Even I have many hardships. Yet, I do not suffer from hardships
either. It is because I entrust every hardship to God. What else can I do about
the hardships that I cannot take care of? There are many difficult problems
because I do not have the ability to solve them, but in such cases, I look toward
the Lord and make a request. Then, I devote myself to the good works with which
God is pleased. That is how we should go on. Since being sad does not resolve
problems, to look toward the Lord and to share in the good works that the Lord
is pleased with are shortcuts to His blessings. If one were to join in God’s
works and live by faith, that person would go on living with the strength given
by God. God would also give ability and blessings so that one would be able
to bear fruit for the righteous works of the Lord. By leading a life of devotion
by faith, one would be receiving blessings in body and soul. Thus, we can live
What good is there in this day and age that we should go on
living with a sweet smile? Dear fellow believers, if a person hasn’t receive
the remission of sins, there is nothing left but things to make the face wrinkle.
Even if one has received the remission of sins, it would be the same for the
person to have no pleasure of life, if the person were to not have the faith
of sharing in the good works of spreading the gospel. If one has neither purpose
nor hope, with what enjoyment could one live?
What joy would there be for people who haven’t been born again?
Because there is no joy, the sinners continue to lead trivial daily lives that
are complex, chaotic and dry without vitality. If you do not serve the gospel,
what joy would there be? There wouldn’t be any joy. Because we are serving the
gospel, our hearts are happy and good.
Dear fellow believers, are you weary? I am weary also. But,
do you believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit? I am sure you do.
I hope that you will take strength from that faith and share in the good work,
the work of spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit throughout the
world. Do you share in this good work? If you do so, then, you are blessed people.
For all our worries and troubles to disappear, we must entrust all worries and
troubles to the Lord. The Lord says that He will take charge of them all if
we throw all our concerns to the Lord. If we do the works with which He is pleased,
He will make all our lives prosperous and protect us. Life of faith is not a
theory. It is a reality.
As we continue to lead a life of faith, many aspects of our
deficiencies will be revealed. But, you should not be bound by such deficiencies
any longer. I am telling you once again, “The just believe in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit always by heart.” Ruminate this beautiful gospel by
heart and share in the good works. In doing so, God will mend everything there
after, even your deficiencies. God will mend your deficiencies through whomever
To offer the grain offering, Israelites had to grind heads
of grain roasted on the fire to get the fine flour of the grain (Leviticus 2:14).
God wants to grind us to make us his instruments, but the willful ones will
spring out. In that case, He continues to grind ones that are still inside,
and then start grinding the ones that sprung out by sweeping them with a broomstick
and then placing them inside once more. There still are ones that will spring
out again. And, as for these ones, He lays them down and then firmly crushes
and twists them from their top. How painful is it to be firmly pressed down
and crumbled? God wants to make a powder and make something new by grinding
them all, but if one of them were to spring out trying to keep its own style,
it would eventually be smashed with the pain of being pressed firmly. In the
Bible, it is written, “Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a
pestle along with crushed grain, yet his foolishness will not depart from him”
(Proverbs 27:22). Truly, the Lord is alive and presses down firmly on those
who are being stubborn in trying not to be shaped into someone that could be
comfortably used for the gospel of God.
Is there anyone among you who are facing a hardship now? God
is forging you into a new tool. The Lord continues to do so until you are molded
into a suitable vessel through pains and hardships. Why? It is because He loves
you. I had many things that were not pleasing to Him. But I have been made into
someone beneficial to His righteous work by having been hit, trampled, broken,
and cracked by God. If one were to get trampled so severely and thoroughly,
it would seem that one would become perverse. But because I have come to realize
that God has done this so I can share in the works of God because He loves me,
my heart became humble instead.
Then, my heart has become the one that phrases, “For
a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper
in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Psalms 84:10).
Such a heart is formed. Really, the faith that it is much better to live a day
inside the Kingdom of God than to live long in this world arises. Once my heart
came to recognize that serving the Lord is blessed, ever since then, my heart
has felt so comfortable that the works of the Lord became my work and what the
Lord likes became what I like. Having become so, there is the courage of faith
in me, and in addition I feel so good.
But, before having become so, many fleshly thoughts arose:
“What shall I eat? What shall I drink? I should really preach the gospel of
the water and the Spirit for it is the Truth. Yet, how can I earn money so that
I may live by having a large chapel, and even live by spreading the gospel?”
But, God trampled me so thoroughly that my heart came to say later, “Even if
You don’t bless me and even if You don’t give me a large house, I will be thankful
if You would let me just serve You.” And just then, my heart became tranquil.
However, before having become so, I felt good in some situations and felt sad
in other situations according to outside circumstances.
Because I believe that the Lord will also do so unto you, I
will simply leave you alone. If you believe in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, I will just leave you alone as you are before God. Those who do not
get broken quickly will be broken later. Even if you became a pastor, God will
break you if necessary. Whether they receive the training now or at a later
time, I just leave them as they are because they would eventually have to receive
God’s severe training. It gets difficult if you try to receive the training
after you have been given a higher position because you haven’t been trained
yet. That is why it is good to receive God’s training at an appropriate time
when He gives the training.
The Apostle Paul may simply say now, “Let him who
is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches” (Galatians
6:6), but this passage is immensely important. One shouldn’t just let it
drift away by thinking, “We share in doing things because we were told to share
in the good things,” without the understanding of the Apostle Paul’s inner thoughts.
We have finished planning on how to serve the gospel of God,
but we don’t have the strength and materials to carry it out. As our Lord told
us to share in the good works, I regain the strength and serve the gospel of
God because I believe that He will do it together with us. The project of gospel
ministry is all ours. If God moves along with us in this ministry, there is
nothing to be afraid of. I will share in the good work. I ask you to share in
it also. The life of devotion is simple. In doing so, there is neither worry
nor anxiety. Instead of trying to do the work of God according to your own personal
style, just share in the good work in accordance with the direction of the church
of God. That brings a much better effect than that of the efforts put forth
on your own.
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It could be the case that if each person does the work of God
uselessly as an individual endeavor, strength itself will be used up and the
work itself will be ruined. Do you think you would be able to do the work of
God so well on your own strength forever? After a while, wouldn’t you just die
out of exhaustion?
Strength grows by sharing in the good works. No matter how
healthy or strong a person may be, if that person were to do things alone, he
or she will be discouraged first, not having accomplished them fully. But, if
we unite and share in the good works within the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, strength will spring up ceaselessly. If we do not share in doing good
things, we will not even have the strength to live.
I ask you again to share in the good works of the Lord. I believe
you will do so. I pray that the Lord gives blessings to you who share in doing