Those who walk the right path of faith will surely undergo a special change. When people begin to believe in God, they think about how they can be saved and go to heaven. As they become confident of their salvation in the truth of the new covenant, they begin to resemble the heart of God who wants all mankind to be saved.
If we were only concerned about ourselves in the past, now we need to look at the whole world. God has given us salvation and many other blessings. If we abide in the truth and have faith in Father and Mother, we should care about other sheep that are not of this sheep pen.
Today we should be better than we were yesterday. This year we should be better than we were last year. As God’s children with mature faith, we need to consider how we can save the world and lead all people to the path of blessing. This is the errand that our Heavenly Father and Mother have entrusted to us.
A famous Korean poet named Cho Byung-Hwa, who passed away several years ago, wrote the following poem on his tombstone before his death:
“Mother, I was born into this world to do errands for you. Now I’ve returned to you after finishing all your errands.”
This short poem, engraved on his tombstone, leaves a deep impression on our hearts. All the forefathers of faith in the Old Testament, the gospel prophets in the New Testament, and all of us today were born on this earth to carry out an errand for God.
We must not be foolish children who spend all their time amusing themselves and then merely return home after sunset, completely forgetting why they have come here, even though they were born into this world to do an errand. If parents send their children on an errand but they do not come back home until dark, it will only cause their parents to worry.
There are probably three kinds of people in the world: those who waste all their time enjoying things in the marketplace, those who spend their time performing the errands entrusted to them faithfully, and those who are busy with their own work and do not even think about doing the errands given to them. Time flies like an arrow. The winter of our lives will surely come, and then we must go back to our eternal spiritual home, whether we want to or not.
If we were born on this earth to perform an errand for Mother, we should faithfully carry out Her errand, so that we can say at the end, “Mother, we have finished Your errand and have now returned to You.” 2,000 years ago, when Apostle Paul looked back upon his life, he was confidently able to say that there was in store for him the crown of righteousness in heaven because he finished his race (2 Ti 4:1–8).
Through the records of the forefathers of faith who faithfully performed God’s errands, we need to look back at ourselves to see whether we have been faithfully doing the errand entrusted to us by Mother.
An errand entrusted by God is a mission from God. In each age, God entrusted each of the forefathers of faith with a special mission.
The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. . . . And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Ex 3:7–10
In the above verses, we can see that God sent Moses on an errand of delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and leading them to Canaan. Moses carried out this errand faithfully. As the leader of the people of Israel who were living as slaves in Egypt, Moses stood against Pharaoh the king of Egypt, who held absolute power, and brought the people out of Egypt. Then he led them to the borders of Canaan the promised land, in spite of all kinds of hardships and complaints from the people in the desert. By performing the errand of God faithfully, he was able to receive God’s blessing as a prophet of God.
Not only Moses but Joshua also received an errand from God.
. . . the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. . . . As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.” Jos 1:1–6
When Moses finished his mission from God on this earth, God entrusted Joshua with the mission of conquering Canaan, the land flowing with milk and honey, and dividing the land among the tribes of Israel. In obedience to the command of God, Joshua drove out the Gentiles from the land of Canaan, given to Israel by God as an inheritance, so that the Israelites could settle down in the land. Thus, he carried out God’s errand faithfully. All this is recorded in the Old Testament book of Joshua.
All the history of the forefathers of faith is a record that they accomplished the errands entrusted to them by God with all their heart and with all their soul and with all their mind.
. . . “ ‘The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, . . .’ ” 2 Sa 7:11–14
In the above verses, God declares to David that He will establish His house through Solomon. Establishing the house of God was an errand entrusted to Solomon by God. Solomon diligently carried out God’s errand; it took him seven years to build the temple of God. After the construction of the temple, he offered a sacrifice to God. God was pleased with his sacrifice, and the glory of God filled the temple (2 Ch 5:1–14).
Through the records of the forefathers of faith, we should realize why we are here now. Just as it is written on the tombstone of the poet Cho Byung-Hwa, we have come to this earth to do an errand for Mother.
What is the errand that Mother has entrusted to us in this age? Let’s take a look at some related verses, and think about whether we are faithfully carrying out the errand of Mother.
“Go now to your countrymen in exile and speak to them. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says,’ whether they listen or fail to listen.” . . . “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.” Eze 3:11, 17
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mt 28:18–20
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. Rev 22:17
The Spirit and the Bride say to all the people in the world, “Come!” They say, “Come to Zion, into the arms of Father and Mother, and take the water of life freely.” Delivering this message from God to all nations is the errand given to us by Mother.
We should go to Samaria and to the ends of the earth, convey the voice of Father and Mother to our lost brothers and sisters, and bring them to the kingdom of heaven. This is the errand we have to perform in this age, not the mission given to the people of any other generation or era. As the children of God, let us faithfully carry out this errand by going to all the people, who have not yet received the truth, and leading them to the water of life that the Spirit and the Bride give. We are to return to heaven, sooner or later. Each and every one of us should faithfully carry out the errand entrusted by Father and Mother, so that we can all say, “Father and Mother, we’ve returned to You after finishing the errand You entrusted to us.”
What will we say to God if we just idle away our time without doing God’s errand? How guilty and ashamed would we feel before God? Like Moses, Joshua and Apostle Paul who faithfully carried out the errands of God and had no regrets at the end of their lives, we should also perform God’s errand fully so that each and every one of us can confidently say at the end, “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness.”
We should follow the example of Christ, who came to this earth to seek and save the lost, when we carry out the errand of saving the world.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else─to the nearby villages─so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues . . . Mk 1:35–39
Christ showed us the way to enter the everlasting glory of heaven, taught us how to live the most righteous and blessed life, and set us an example of preaching. Ultimately, it was preaching that God was most pleased with, considered to be the best, personally carried out, and entrusted to us.
Not through the instrument of “preaching,” we cannot find our lost brothers and sisters, nor can we save the world. So, Christ preached the good news that the kingdom of heaven does exist, to those who were living in despair, holding on to worthless things, and reminded them of the true meaning and value of life.
If we truly live with God, let us do the things that God has done. Christ was only concerned about saving the world; He began every day with prayer, getting up early in the morning, and went through every town and village, preaching the good news of salvation. All this is a practical lesson for us.
Imitating Christ, who is our example, we also ought to save the world, pondering over how to lead all people in the world to a life of blessing. Since our Father told us to follow Mother and to spread the glory of Jerusalem our Mother throughout the whole world, we should also faithfully carry out this errand given to us by Father.
In the history of the six-day creation, God created Eve on the last day; and at the end of the 6,000-year history for the administration of redemption, God revealed to us Mother and told us to proclaim Mother to Samaria and to the ends of the earth. I earnestly ask all you, people of Zion, to save the whole world by diligently carrying out God’s errand, being united in mind and having a firm resolution to become God’s children who resemble God in every way.
Entrusting us with an errand, Mother has taught us how to perform the errand well. “Be united with one another, concede to each other, and be considerate of one another. While doing this, find your lost brothers and sisters.” The answer lies in these words of Mother. However, sometimes we forget the methods taught by Mother and get swayed by our visible surroundings, so we come to judge things from our own point of view and fail to perform God’s errand.
Mother has taught us the method to perform Her errand well. Corinthians 13 shows us what the method is.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, . . . I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Cor 13:1–7
Mother has taught us that if we practice this kind of love, we can bear fruit. As God’s children, we should take care of our brothers and sisters with love, lead them with love and carry out the errand entrusted to us by Father and Mother with love. What if we do not live this kind of life on this earth and foolishly fail to perform Mother’s errand, wasting our time pursuing meaningless things? I hope none of us will regret when we look back upon our past life.
If we have not fully preached the word of life, the truth of the new covenant, now let’s open our mouths wide and shout aloud, raising our voices like a trumpet. We have come to this earth to do an errand for Mother. Let us faithfully carry out Mother’s errand with love and unity, so that we can say at the end of our God-given time on this earth, “Mother, we have finished Your errand well and have now returned to You.” I earnestly ask you, my brothers and sisters in Zion, to do Mother’s errand with all your heart and soul by diligently speaking God’s words to all people, whether they listen or fail to listen, and leading all the children of God on the path to the kingdom of heaven, so that we will go to heaven, our eternal home, altogether.