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Let Us Serve the Lord By Bearing Our Own Loads

 

< Galatians 6:1-10 >

“Brethren, 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 6: 1-2 states, “Brethren, 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.” Paul said that if a brother or sister is overtaken in any trespass, you are to restore him or her in a spirit of gentleness, and watch yourself so you are also not tempted. We have to consider ourselves in our faith.

Almost all Christian denominations have constitutions that contain some clauses about disciplinary punishment for their church members when they commit sins. They may be punished by not being allowed to pray in public worship services, or they may be discharged from their positions as deacons, elders, or pastors. These punishments may seem appropriate, but it is not so in fact. In the Bible, it is possible for us to restore them in a spirit of gentleness because we know that the Lord has blotted out their sins through the gospel of the water and the Spirit. We have to restore the people, who were overtaken in the trespass, and we have to wish for their souls to be good with the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and we have to be cautious so as not to fall into the sins.

The Apostle Paul said, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). We serve the Lord by the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we seek the will of God by faith, and we follow Him by faith. So, we are serving the Lord in the power that the Lord gives us. In fact, the burden that we are bearing while doing God’s works is the burden of righteousness. It is not easy for us to serve the Lord and to preach the gospel, but we have to take charge of these works and share them one another. This is how we fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians chapter 6 states that each one shall bear one’s own load. Bearing one’s own load means here that each of us has to serve the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Every one in Christ has one’s own work to take charge of. If you receive the remission of sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and you once come into God’s Church, God will make you into a worker of God. It is because every one who is righteous must be one of the workers of God.

The evangelical works that the righteous have to serve are increasing. So, the Lord told us, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). There are so many works for us to spread through the gospel of the water and the Spirit. So, we must not bear the burdens alone, but we have to bear one another’s burdens and bear the burden of spreading the gospel as much as we can in our position.

There are many things to do in serving the gospel of God. There are many tasks for the gospel that we have to serve. We need prayers and concerns to preach the gospel to other souls, and we also have to arm ourselves first with faith. All these are our burdens to bear. We can preach the gospel all over the world when we share these burdens with each other. We cannot preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit if we do not live by faith. That is why we have to bear the loads that are entrusted to each of us. You have to bear the burdens for the propagation of the gospel as much as God allows, and you must not remove your burdens. The Apostle Paul told us to bear one another’s burdens, so I know that we have to be like this. We have to take care of our burdens by thinking, “What are the works that God has entrusted to me?”

When our faith was weak, we had minds wishing to live just for ourselves. However, we came to recognize that it was not right and that we should serve the gospel of the water and the Spirit continually. There are so many works of God waiting for your hands in His Church. You cannot say that “I don’t have any works entrusted to me,” whether you are a student, an adult man or woman, or a young man. And there is none among us who would say, “I can’t serve the Lord because I don’t have anything to do.” Why don’t the people who live by faith in God after receiving the remission of sins have work to do? In fact, there are so many things for the people who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit to do in the church of God. We have to consider whether or not we are living for the gospel of God. As it is said here, we need to bear one another’s burdens, and each one has to take care of the works of God that is assigned to him.

God told us to preach the gospel of God’s love and salvation. We have to consider what God entrusted us to do and whether or not we are doing them faithfully. It is not that we do God’s work inevitably and reluctantly; it is needed for us to do the entrusted works of God voluntarily by faith. God told us to bear one another’s burdens, and we have to accomplish the missions entrusted to us. If we get lazy on the mission entrusted to us, it would be ruined. I believe that you will unite your hearts in spreading the gospel, and I also believe that each of you will fulfill the entrusted works. People who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit feel full of happiness if they accomplish their entrusted missions because they have given their lives to the Lord.

As I testified before, it was when I read Matthew chapter 3 verses 13 to 17 that I met the Lord with this Word of Truth. I realized, “The Lord saved us by taking the sins of the world once and for all through the baptism like this,” and I prayed immediately, “Lord, please give me wisdom and strength to preach the gospel all over the world.” And I preached and preached this gospel everyday without rest, and I did not give up serving the gospel of the water and the Spirit. The reason that I actually preached the gospel of the water and the Spirit everyday with these prayers was because God entrusted this gospel of the water and the Spirit to me. I did that work because I knew that God would allow me to bear the load of spreading the gospel to this world.

I knew that all the people after me would be destroyed if I took off this load of spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit. So, I preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit without being shaken, regardless of the persecution from many people. Sometimes, I was slapped and abused without reason, but I couldn’t throw away the propagation of the gospel of the water and the Spirit. I couldn’t just take off the work of serving this gospel, through the good times or bad times. It was because the load that God entrusted to me was to preach this gospel of the water and the Spirit all over the world. That is why I am still preaching the gospel of the water and the Spirit consistently.

Sometimes, I was tempted to compromise with the worldly Christian leaders. When my faith was very young and weak, I thought about just surrendering, “Shall I just live with the Christians in the world and mingle with them?” However, it was just the thought of my flesh for a very short time. The Holy Spirit didn’t just leave me. I didn’t affiliate myself with them, no matter how hard they outstretched the hands of temptation to me. In fact, we would be successful if we affiliated ourselves with the Christian bodies of the world. It is not impossible for us, the born-again of water and the Spirit, to be the best in the world. But we cannot quit serving the gospel of the water and the Spirit, even if we would become the best elites of the world. We are happier than the people who have authority, property, or prestige in the world, even though we do small works in God’s Church.

I have my burdens entrusted by God and you also have yours. Each of us has to bear our own loads. If we bear the loads of Christ, He helps us and blesses us. But if we take off the loads, He won’t help us and He won’t even accept us. If we do not serve the gospel, God will take away our wisdom and understanding that enables us to understand His Words.

Don’t say, “I cannot do God’s work because of something.” You have to find the work of God that you can do. If you are a student, concentrate on your studies and if you have a chance, preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit to your friends. There are many students who feel a sense of futility about their lives. There are many adolescents who worry about life seriously. I do not know about the young people of these days, but when I was at the age of 12 or so, I started feeing the sense of futility. It was during middle school that I started to think deeply about these kinds of questions: “Where did I come from? Why was I born? Where am I going? Why do I have to live?” Of course, there were also some of my friends who did not worry about these things, but everyone past 12 years old will think of these things.

But, I think only a few students these days try to seek answers to their questions on life seriously. Such a phenomenon is not desirable for the salvation of souls. In fact, such a person who does not worry about these things cannot belong to the human species. It is not too much to consider him as a pig that feels happy if only its stomach is filled with food. The Bible states, “A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, is like the beasts that perish” (Psalms 49:20).Those, who do not want to be like pigs that just like to eat, have to listen and believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that is preached by the born-again. Dear young students, if your friends tell you about the gospel of the water and the Spirit, listen carefully to them and examine whether it is the Word of God or not. And it is wise to believe in that Word if it is truly the Word of God. There are times for the souls to wonder about their true lives and think about the future of their souls. If the righteous people lead them in such times, those souls will receive the remission of sins.

Don’t say this in God’s Church, “I don’t have anything to do.” How do you say this when there are so many things to do in the church of God? How can we bear our burdens in His Church? We have to first listen to and believe in the Word of God, take attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and then do the entrusted works as our faith grows. This is how we are bearing our loads. There is no one among us who doesn’t have this kind of load. Everyone has work, including the Apostles. Young men, adult men and women, middle school or high school students, Sunday school students, and workers and ministers, all of them have their loads. Every born-again righteous person has one’s own load, but the only difference is the amount of the load.

When your faith is young, attending church and listening to the Word of God might be a load to you. However, you have to take these loads. There are so many works to do in the gospel of God. Because of overwork, we used to say, "I want to take a rest after finishing this work." But, we couldn't have a rest period because there used to be another urgent missions awaiting us. My fellow believers, the loads of serving are increasing while we are serving the Lord after meeting Him. But if we bear the loads of the Lord, our loads are light because the Lord bears those loads with us. In fact, if we bear the loads by faith, they become light for the Lord said, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). We can bear the loads even though they are increasing because the Lord helps us.

We just updated our homepage and reorganized entirely so that more people can visit our homepage everyday. Our efforts were worth it because each of us has accomplished his or her task and we have been able to publish, print, and distribute lots of gospel books throughout the world. We translated the books of the gospel of the water and the Spirit into over 50 major languages, and then posted them to distribute as electronic and paper books, so many people can download our books or order them through the Internet.

These days, many Europeans are logging in. The gospel is spreading tremendously because we are working in union with each other. Do you think it would be possible for our 20 missionaries to accomplish even 1/10 of the works that we are spreading through the Internet if they went to Europe directly? They cannot do as much as we work through the Internet.

There are still many countries that the gospel of the water and the Spirit has not even been introduced to. There are so many things for us to do that even the amount of work that is entrusted to each of us is all different. We would like to take a rest on the Lord’s days, but we cannot take a break even on Sunday because the gospel of the water and the Spirit cannot be preached slowly due to our laziness. If we carry on our duties faithfully in our given positions, we can fulfill the will of God and the propagation of the gospel all over the world in a shorter time. We can translate our books into all the languages of the world if we only pay for them, then, we can propagate the gospel faster to every nation all over the world if we do it earnestly.

It is said that those who order others to do something, do it with diligence. Lazy people can never ask the workers to do God’s work. The one who commends God’s work has to be more diligent than the workers. The one who commands has to prepare the works of the workers while they are asleep. The one who assigns God’s work has so many things to do because he has to give the work to the workers. Anyone who has received the remission of sins has so many things to do.

And there are so many things to pray for if you pray for each country. And we really need you the readers of my books to pray for us. I know and believe that the prayers for the missionaries, souls, and for each country are never futile. I surely believe that God answers such prayers and He will work and help us in everything. We need people to pray for us and for the propagation of the gospel. So, those who have nothing to do can just pray. Praying is really a great task. The reason that God's Church shouldn't stop the dawn prayers is also because of this.

In fact, I couldn’t pray much because I am doing the actual works. I do not pray in detail, rather I pray for the general issues. I need many people to pray for the spread of the gospel because I cannot pray much for it. It is bearing each one’s load when the one who is in charge of praying for God’s works prays faithfully, while the other does the actual work faithfully.

All of us have to be faithful in the part that we are entrusted with. We cannot work carelessly because they are God's works that must be accomplished. We have to devote ourselves to His works with our whole hearts. If it is still deficient, even after we mobilize all the things that we can do, then we have to ask for the help of God.

Is there anyone who says, “I don’t have anything to do after being saved from my sins”? If you don’t have anything to do in God’s Church, just listen to the Word carefully, do an errand, or take part in what the church does. Each of us has to do the entrusted works. The works of God will be fulfilled well when each of us does the entrusted work faithfully. If we try to do God’s work personally, there are so many things to do. Like the saying, “Parents die of hunger and the children die of full stomachs during times of famine,” there are people with so much work, and there are people with no work in God’s Church.

My fellow believers, as your faith grows, you have to follow the forerunners, and think of how you can help, and you have to be united with them by doing so. You have to voluntarily do work in every way. By doing that, you can learn the works of God, learn the faith of believing in Him, and you come to serve the Lord eventually. And the one who does the work faithfully will be entrusted with other works, and he will continue to work for God.



Therefore, We Have to Take Part in the Propagation of the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit by Bearing Its Butden to One Another

We have to keep in mind that through the Word, we have to bear one another’s burdens. It is written in Galatians 6:3-5, “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.” And it is also written, “Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches” (Galatians 6:6).

First, Paul said, “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” We have to examine the things concerning our faith like these: “Is my faith really right?” “Did I make up my mind to serve the Lord wholly by believing in and relying onto Him?” “Am I following the Lord wherever He leads me, separating myself from the world?” “Perhaps, am I not trying to live only for myself because my mind is not separated from the world?” “Do I really have faith in God?” “Am I a real worker of God?"

It is written that if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Although we are leading a life of faith, we get to realize that there are many insufficient parts in our faith when we reflect on ourselves before God. You might find that you are way far insufficient as men of faith, when you ask yourselves whether or not you believe in the Lord wholly, live with Him, and have become one who receives the glory with Him. We have to learn the Truth before God to know His righteousness. For that, we have to remove the dirt from our minds, and we have to follow the Lord by faith, step by step. We have to examine if our faith is proper or not when we look at the Word with faith before God. And we have to teach many people by becoming the people of faith.

I really agree with the Word that says, “Let him who is taught the word share in all good tings with him who teaches” (Galatians 6:6). The one who teaches the Word of God must believe and follow the Word because it is the Word from God. And the one who is taught also has to believe and follow all that God has said.

The Apostle Paul continued, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). God says He cannot be mocked by us. It means, don’t even think that we can deceive God. God knows everything, even if we say that our faith is something when our faith is actually nothing.

And he said, “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” (Galatians 6:7-8). It means that we the born-again do the works of the flesh as well as the works of the Spirit after being born again; we will reap whatever we have sown. Sometimes, especially when we are young in faith, we sow the things of the flesh because we have deficiencies of the flesh. However, if we serve the Lord by faith continually and work for the Lord, we can do the works of the Holy Spirit. If we keep on preaching the gospel to every nation all over the world, the will of God will be fulfilled shortly and the number of the born-again people will be greatly increased. So, there are things in our harvest that will spoil, but there are also things that will last forever. If we devote ourselves to the spiritual works of reaping the fruit of the Holy Spirit, an even greater number of people from every nook and corner of the world will soon be delivered from their sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. I mean to say that we reap the fruits of the Holy Spirit by doing these spiritual works.

What the Lord says will all be accomplished without fail. If we serve the gospel now, there will surely be spiritual fruit, but if we do not serve the gospel now, there will only be the spoiled fruit of the flesh. The fruit we reap will be decided according to what we serve after receiving the remission of sins.



Now, We Are Doing World Mission

Now, there are many people in the world who believe and follow this Truth, the gospel of the water and the Spirit. And I believe that there are many other people who believe in this true gospel in their mind even they do not contact us. And there would be another big number of people who know the gospel Truth but don’t have concrete faith in it. I am sure that they will be the martyrs professing their faith in the true gospel like us when the terrible times come in the last days.

If we preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit to the souls now, we will reap true fruits from them, but if we do not preach the gospel now, there will be no fruit. How can a farmer reap the crops in the fall if he did not cultivate the fields in the spring? This spiritual work is the same. To serve the gospel faithfully, we have to live by faith believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, praying, and putting our faith into action. God wants to spread the gospel all over the world through us even though we are insufficient. Do you believe in this?

In fact, while I was visiting some countries, I found many Korean missionaries had already visited there. But, I can’t explain how they tormented us, who went there to preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit. They said, “Why did you come here to our area?” They cover their real minds and pretend to be kind, but it is too obvious to me. When we told them that we had gone there to preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we thought they would be pleased with us. But instead, they guarded themselves against us, asking, “When and why did you come here? Which religious organization do you belong to?” These questions seemed like they were treating us as criminals. They were not serving the gospel of the water and the Spirit. They seemed like the people who were busy informing their own denominations and the names of their leaders. They were not interested in preaching the gospel of the water and the Spirit to the lost souls.

Among the people known as the famous gospel preachers, there are many people who just worked to leave their names and their own righteousness behind. The saint of Africa, Livingston was one of them. He treated the sick people in inland Africa and gave them injections. Africans praised him as a Saint. He did good things for them physically, but he did nothing good for the salvation of the lost souls there. He couldn’t do truly good things for them because he didn’t know the gospel of the water and the Spirit.

The Bible says, “He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalms 126:6). I believe that those who labored for the gospel of the water and the Spirit will reap the fruit of everlasting lives. We have to labor hard for these works and we have to share the loads of God. It is really needed for you to give yourself for God’s work. If you dedicate yourself to the Lord wholly as a grain of wheat that has fallen on the ground, then many people will be saved through what you have done. If we do not preach the gospel all over the world, they will die without being born again.

We will preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit all over the world, even if we do not visit there personally. We will fulfill the works that God entrusted to us even though we have lots of difficulties now. In the near future, we will face really hard times when we cannot preach the gospel any more. Then we will gather together at our retreat center and have great times together eating lots of delicious foods everyday. And if the antichrist forces us to receive a mark on our right hands or foreheads, we will volunteer to embrace our martyrdom with the Spirit-filled hope for Heaven. And if there comes the time to die a martyr, we will volunteer to embrace martyrdom with the Spirit-filled hope for Heaven. We will shout like this, “I would rather die. Kill me quickly. The Kingdom of the Lord comes soon.” My fellow believers, those who actually have devoted themselves to the Lord are not afraid of embracing martyrdom. Is it a lie? Of course, death is emotionally frightening. But, when we see it through a spiritual aspect, it is not frightening. It is not frightening because there is hope.

Let us live for the gospel of the water and the Spirit diligently at this time when we can preach the gospel. And let us plant a lot for the gospel. We shouldn’t stop at this point. It is still far to reach the finish line. Still, there are countries that are not aware of Christianity. We can’t imagine how behind their economy is, and they don’t even have knowledge about God.

When I went on a mission trip to Mongolia, I asked a man about God and he told me that God was Buddha. So, they acknowledge the notion of God as Buddha. They do not use the word God for the notion of the Absolute God, instead they use the word Buddha, and they believe Buddha as the absolutely omnipotent god. We have to let them hear about Jesus Christ who came by the true gospel of the water and the Spirit. We have to return the name, position, seat, and authority of God to Him, which has been alternated by Buddha. We have to teach them clearly that Buddha was a human being and God is the Creator of all thethe entire universe. That is why we have so many things to do.

As the farmers do not reap the crops from the beginning, we have to cultivate the fields of salvation little by little. Farmers cultivate the seeds of rice in the seedbed and transplant the seedlings to the rice field. Like a farmer transplants the rice sprouts into the rice field and cultivates them during whole summer, we have to plant the seeds of the gospel according to the time, raise them, and transplant them as the children of God and the workers of God. Therefore, we have to preach the gospel and nourish them. We have to preach the gospel even to the remote countries, pray for them, support them with the materials, and send the missionaries there if needed.

We, the domestic members of The New Life Mission, have to work hard to support the gospel. As if there are troops in the rear and troops on the front line, we the staff workers can preach the gospel successfully with the abundant support of our members. So, the domestic members can be considered as the troops in the rear, with the bows, while the staff workers of our mission can be considered as the front troops, with the arrows.

There are so many works of God that we actually have to do. We are facing very important situations, and our mission will decline if we just stop here. If we send our books with their native languages, and bring up the co-workers there, many souls will be saved. We don’t have time to hang around. Each of us has to work bearing each one’s load when we can work for God. There are so many things to do.

We wanted to preach the gospel to the souls in the Indochina Peninsula, but we couldn’t preach the gospel freely because all those countries in the region had been under Communism. How could we preach the gospel to those countries? The only way was to meet the people from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, teach them the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and send them to their mother countries again after raising them as the disciples of Jesus. It is thankful for many people to receive the remission of sins, but it is important to train the workers who will work more and more diligently because there are so many things to do.

I agree with this passage, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9). Do good diligently, work diligently, serve this gospel diligently, and pray diligently. If we do not grow weary, we shall reap in due season. It means we shall reap if we do God’s work diligently.

You may have read the messages from all over the world that they have received salvation. Could they have received salvation if we did not preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit? We are reaping the fruits of salvation because we made and sent them our gospel books. A man professed that he has been studying theology throughout his life; but this book gives more influence than all the things that he has ever learned. Like this passage, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart,” if we work for the gospel diligently, we will reap the fruits of faith abundantly. We have to do God’s work diligently when we have a chance to.

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

This means that we the born-again have to give attention to our fellow saints who also have been born again, and we have to take care of them. We have to teach them that the born again must live by faith (Romans 1:17), and lead them with the prayers to live by faith, and we have to help them if they need help. It is proper for the born-again to pay their attentions to nonbelievers in order to preach the gospel to them. But you shouldn't take care of those people, who are not born again yet, just physically even though they are your family members.

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We have to serve and preach the gospel as the opportunity comes. The first half of this year has passed already. What are we doing while the time flies like an arrow? And what did we do? And what do we have to do in the future? We cannot but look back upon the past. We will work more and we will update more electronic books so that more than tens of thousands of people all over the world can access our website to take our books each day.

Now, we can go to any part of the earth easily and immediately if we wish, because it is different from the ancient times of riding a ship and horses. The world got closer together. This is the time we can preach the gospel to the best of our ability. We can work throughout the whole world now. My fellow believer, I do not mean that you do not work. I mean to say, let us think about how to bear the loads of Christ.

Even if you have been bearing a lot of loads until now, you should not be discouraged in the future because we have to preach the gospel all over the world until the day that the Lord will come. I know that the time will come soon when we cannot preach the gospel. Let us live bearing the loads for the gospel while we can preach it.

Are there times when complaints are arising and you want to take off all the loads because your burden is heavy? But the load of the Lord is a mysterious one that enables you to be stronger as you bear more loads. If we cannot take all the loads because we are carrying too much, the Lord will take them for us, so they will not be heavy. The loads of the Lord get lighter as we bear more, but if you jut take them off, the loads of the world will press you more.

We, the believers of the gospel of the water and the Spirit were glorified to bear the loads of the Lord. I give thanks before the Lord.

 

 

 

 

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