The Way Of The Spiritual Leader (Part 1)
by Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Section 4. The Responsibility And Attitude Of A Minister (Part 1)
1. Ministers Are Chosen Ones
The motto for my life has been "God's spokesperson." From today, I ask that all of you become heavenly spokespersons. Become God's representative. And become his alternative embodiment. I hope that you can go forth and become one who will die in the place of God.
A missionary is the spiritual leader of a region. You must pray for the people even if you lose sleep. Since you must offer things in order to save the people, you have to give your full devotion. In an offering, the subject (God), and the object must become one in order for a response.
In your mission area, you must have a sense of urgency, as if your flesh and bones were melting. Stand upon the altar and preach with the following prayer and heart: "Father! It is distressing that I must go forth when I am so unworthy!" Do not center on yourself, but go in place of you parents and the heavens as if you were a heavenly soldier holding God's instructions.
You have fought for your people, and you have taken responsibility for your village, town, county and province, but you must know that you shouldn't complain or be disappointed in that position. The longer you are in that position, you should have sadness for God's will and mankind.
God does not come with false intentions when choosing and establishing a center on earth. He devotes his heart when he chooses and establishes a heartistic center. This position is one which can be called the real "true." Because this is a once-in-history occurrence, without devoting the utmost fervor and heart, it is impossible to establish a true singular standard. You must know that this is why God had to search through the individual, family, tribe, nation, and world levels.
So, what kind of people are we today? We must have this ideal and tradition imbedded in our flesh and blood because we are people who have been anointed from these traditional ties.
The whole world and cosmos revolves because of us, each one of you. Centering on you, your ancestors and descendants will be able to revolve. This kind of amazing phenomenon is happening right now. You do not know what an incredible position you stand in now. You are the axis.
2. Your Attitude Towards Being Called
Heaven has expectations of me, telling me to create a new world. I have already been bestowed with the responsibility of resolving all the ruined events.
Then what position am I in? I am a being which has to exist as an individual. The reason is that I belong to mankind, the world and God. Our hearts must be awe-stricken at the fact that we are called upon although we are an unworthy people and an unworthy lot.
When we think of the fact that even those who have given voluntarily for their nation and people have not been chosen, we must have a thankful mind and awe-inspired heart God has chosen us and made us his children.
More than being joyous with such a grand goal in front of you, how do you do your responsibility on your own? It is impossible not to feel the importance of the duty and responsibility you must take on in order to accomplish your responsibility. This feeling extends beyond the individual, family, tribe, people, nation and world.
Let's think about it. What is the path that we are currently taking? It is the last road. Therefore we must infinitely appreciate its effect.
Who's threats caused me to come to America and fight? I volunteered for this struggle. No matter how much persecution I receive, I just kick it aside and move on. So, what is it that you all must do? Should you volunteer and do more than I, or should you do more than I because you are forced to? Even if by force, if you are unable to exceed my standard you will fail. It's simple. In theory, it's simple.
Any era's central figure must never think that he was chosen because he is special. The fact is that he stands in that position because of the contribution of ancestors and the great sacrifices paid. It is not exploitation of the people because you are special or because you are dignified, but rather you must maintain the posture of a sovereign ruler who is doing it for the sake of the people. In terms of the Unification Church, the nation is not putting itself first for the sake of the Unification Church, but the Unification Church is for the sake of saving the nation. The Unification Church has to be for the saving of the world and not to take the world for itself.
On the path of faith, it is difficult to receive a calling, but to receive a calling and to follow that calling is especially difficult.
Therefore, while on the path of faith, you must always peacefully open the door to your heart. Your heart must be round like a big rubber ball that has been completely filled with air and you deal with others without any prejudices. Without adopting that position, dangers will undoubtedly arise on your path of faith and there will be courses that throw you backwards. We can feel this clearly.
In order to be in a peaceful position and have a heart that is always undisturbed and in the subject's position you must constantly cultivate yourself. If not, and you go into an enraged position, that rage will cause your heart to receive biases. If you go into a sad position, you will receive a shock that will cause your heart to differ from your original nature and break. That is why you should always have a moderate disposition, and knowing how your disposition should be, you need to have a correct attitude towards life.
In a certain way, you can see your heart as a balloon. When, like a balloon, your heart is floating high above, you can observe everything. However, as when the balloon loses pressure it comes straight down, your heart can also feel like it has come down.
If you are in a position that is coming down, you must either go further down or push in the opposite direction and go up. When coming down, how far do you have to go? If you go all the way to the bottom, you start going back up because of a reaction.
If the pressure keeps going down and you go down to a certain point, because of a counter-reaction it goes up instead.
Accordingly, you will either maintain the downward position or push up from your present position, you need an attitude of faith that can always control the standard or your heart.
3. Minister's Qualifications
1) The Qualifications that a Minister Must Have
What type of representative must we become? You are all not good looking, you have no experience, you have no possessions, but your heart is yearning for the highest standard. What kind of representative are you going to become? Becoming a representative who takes responsibility for one's household is obvious but you must go beyond that and become your nation's representative and the world's representative. In order to accomplish such a thing you must have a worldly standard.
If you want to have this worldly standard, it must come close to the absolute standard. However, without first going through the center of the family, you cannot go through the center of the people. Furthermore, without going through the center of the people, you cannot go through the center of the nation and without going through the center of the nation, there is no way to go through the center of the world. You must know this fact.
Because of the current direction of history, countless people want to become rulers and the persons responsible for their countries centered on themselves. Going beyond that, they wish to become the leaders of the world. However, these people must go through the family door, the tribe door, go over the hill of the people, and the hills of the nation and the world. Only then can they call themselves worldly. To be worldly is to be number one. You must become number one.
The primary problem is that you must determine God's ownership. As an individual man, God must be able to say, "You are eternally my son or daughter." One cannot be a son or a daughter by name alone. You must become one who has a subjective love which can gather all the central elements of your nature and which God can hope for. He must be able to say, "You are truly my beloved son/daughter." These words are necessary. Why? Because God knows of the historic scar left by the history of our ancestors through the fall. Adam fell because he couldn't become a true son. Therefore there was a need to say, "You are my truly beloved son."
Do you know how much effort it takes to receive that recognition? Have you tried? If there is an altar at the church, you must shed a lot of tears there and receive that recognition. You must go to a high mountain and spend the night in prayer saying, "Only your love is my shield for certain victory." The educator is the one who takes responsibility for the church and takes on the responsibility of becoming a true sapling onto which people can graft to receive new life.
Just as Jesus represented God and bore witness to him, just as Jesus represented God and fought Satan, and just as Jesus represented God and died for him, you must represent Jesus and bear witness to him, fight for him and be able to die for him.
From there, you must become a person who someone else can bear witness to. That is why Jesus had apostles and you too will have followers.
In order for you to be in a position to call yourselves sons and daughters of God, there must be someone who can testify that you are an unwavering son/daughter of God, someone who can fight for you and die for you.
It is not something you do after receiving restoration. The road to restoration is a road that must be developed. You cannot realize the history of restoration by accepting things from the satanic world. You must give heaven's things. So what is it that you must give? You must give true heart, true character, and true words.
In order to do that, you must establish the standards of true words, true character and true heart. You must set up true words, true character, and true heart on the individual, family, nation and world levels. . The one who comes as the person responsible for increasing the scope and establishing an indemnity standard for the entire world is the messiah. You mustn't forget that he comes during a serious historical time.
If you want to accomplish something big in this world, you must take on a big mind and start to do a lot of preparation. People are unable to accomplish big things because of a lack of preparation. Therefore, if your goal is big, then your preparation should also be big. If it is some sort of trial, then it needs preparation over a continuous period. If the preparation is not correct then even though the opportunity for success arrives, you will not be able to reach your goal.
From a long time ago there have been heroes and patriots who have come and gone on this earth, but without making a correct foundation for success, they would have never been able to accomplish the things they did on the national or world level. If you do not make the appropriate foundation nothing will work. Also, no matter how well prepared your foundation is, if there is no support from God at that precise time, you will fail. You need the right conditions, Heavenly fate, and the correct timing. Time is a factor.
In order to become an airplane pilot, how many decades must you train? In order to become an astronaut, how much money must you invest in your training? And how much knowledge do you need in that field?
2) The Pride a Minister Must Have
I did not come here to ruin you. I am not some person who came here to make you suffer. I came to save your families and the world. This is because I know the day will come when your children will be welcomed as the children of the world and, after crossing this hill, the people of the world will call to us and welcome us with tears welling in their eyes.
After sixty years of trusting Heaven and knowing Heaven and walking on this path, I have come to know this as a fact. Now, I am not alone. I have friends in the world. I am not lonely, for countless people who lead this world know I am the leader, revere the path I take and ask that I fight hard.
You can be proud before all of Heaven and earth of the surprising fact that you follow such a teacher and you go before him holding a warrior's banner. You will feel strongly that God is with you, if you go forth with the faith that even though history may stop, the position of victory is unstoppable. You will discover the living God.
You are the center of attention. Even though there isn't much to see in you, you are all the center of attention. "Although my hands are worthless, the path to the world can connect through these hands. Through all my sight, God's sight can connect. Through my emotions, the root of the heart can connect."
The direction of heaven's providence depends on the path of my life.
What more could we ask for, if in the face of the great historical Last Days, we could be the appointed object before God, who sits in such a lonely position? Is there any thing more we could ask for? Even death would not worry you. Even if my flesh becomes water and flows away, or becomes powder and disperses in the air, what resentment would I have? There will always be plenty of lives with no value that die like pigs and dogs in the world.
4. The Ministers' Responsibility
1) Responsibility Starts With God
We know that no one can live on this earth without fulfilling responsibility. In the case of the family, parents have a responsibility as parents and children have a responsibility as children in front of their parents. Furthermore, each family has a responsibility towards society and the nation. Even in the case of a single nation, there is a God-given responsibility in relation to the world's state of affairs and it's historical course.
As humans we have a responsibility sought by the mind and a responsibility sought by the body. Then, what is the responsibility sought by the mind? You must substantiate the purpose by centering on the purpose of God who bestowed all responsibilities. The mind must command you to do this responsibility. That is why the mind is there to command and achieve God's purpose.
2) The Responsibility of a Minister
We cannot live an irresponsible life every moment. We must take responsibility. It is not an easy thing to take responsibility. If you are to take responsibility for a group, you must show the direction to the group. If you take responsibility for a family, you must center on the direction and accomplish the responsibility. You cannot become a leader without direction or by doing things haphazardly.
In order to become a historical leader you must go through the historical view of past and present and use a responsible content that is one with that direction. That is when you can say that one's duty as a leader has been accomplished.
What do you all have to be responsible for? First you must take responsibility for the spirit world. Second, you must take responsibility for the world. Third, you must be responsible for your descendants. This is the restoration path that Unificationists must bear today, and it is the destined path that the Unification Church must take.
What kind of leader must you become? You must become like True Parents. And after that? You must pray and set up a strategy. After that you must propagate the truth. You must know that this is an important job that must be done by the leader. How do you receive the tactics from God? You must learn God's laws of tactics. You must learn God's tactics and make the best possible tactical plan.
In harmoniously making a plan together with God, you must know that it is heavenly law that since you have accepted the responsibility of a leader, you must have the faith that the position you are in belongs to True Parents. Please try to practice this as this is something I am telling you from experience.
Try it once to see if it is or if it isn't the case. Do you understand? (Yes.) If you do it, then from now on you will be able to develop your destination.
First, if you accept the responsibility, you are my representative. If there is some problem, the power to decide lies with the leader. All the materials needed in order to decide it are gathered and brought by the surrounding people. On the basis of those materials, the leader must decide. In order to make decisions about such important matters, the leader must pray in earnest. You must not do it according to your feelings or thoughts. Since it is God's matters that you are deciding on, not only will God definitely work on it, but God will also work for those in the object position. You all must know that the leader has the great responsibility to combine these matters and decide which must be done.
Just because I believe in Jesus doesn't mean I can call out "Jesus!" in a second. The church leader is not there to further their own goals. If there is such a person, then they are unqualified to be a church leader. Because the leader has the responsibility of laying down a bridge, the leader must be willing to give to the members that seek out the church.
I am the leader of the Unification Church, and you all are individual church leaders. If you are church leaders, have you gone to the far reaches of your area, in the backwoods where they live apart from the world, and gone to the small village farmhouses and proclaimed, "He who Heaven loves has come!" while holding them and shedding tears? Have you traveled everywhere till you feet wore out, and screamed out till your throat exploded, your eyes went blind and your ears went deaf? You must not stand in a position where you ask to be delivered from your circumstance, and sit around seeking free hand-outs.
You must know that is not acceptable. If there is any group that accepts that, it will fail.
"Because I am left out, I am sad. Because I got in, I am happy. . ." I do not carry those feelings even deep inside of me. Long ago, Jesus' disciples did this to Jesus and it caused them to fail. Both of them failed. Do you understand what I am saying? I am for the whole! I am for the whole. The "whole" is not the Unification Church, but the "whole" is for God.
When looking at the Unification ideal, we can see our position as a bus or a car heading up a road towards a very rugged and steep mountain path. In this situation, we are like the driver of that vehicle. You are a driver with the responsibility of completing a course in a restricted time frame, going on a very difficult road, having a set time to get to your destination, having to do restorative repair, as it becomes harder and harder, as time becomes shorter and shorter, you must be able to turn that steering wheel with a grim determination and an extraordinary will. Without doing that, you will not pass the road.
Although we know this, in the current situation with a national crisis, a worldwide crisis, with the situation being like a man who is covered with wounds, where is the driver who can successfully navigate the dangerous road? Where is the driver who can lead this nation and it's people?
As the Unification Church president said a while ago, if not us, then who can save these people? The more that we ask and answer that question, our two hands and our minds must come to bear the responsibility of that driver in the course that this nation and people follow.
However, the course is not a well paved road. It is a treacherous, crooked, steep road. A road that no one in history has been able to travel. If we were to consider that we are that driver who has to complete the course in a limited amount of time, even if we were driving on that road right now, there is no way we cannot worry about the remainder of the road ahead of us.
Although everything behind us is passed, we still face the course that is left before us. In preparation for this course, when you stand in the position of worrying about yourself and preparing yourself, the question that arises is how you will manage to pass through the barrier and what attitude you will need to do it.
From this position when we assess the road which lies ahead of us, we know we are not going to be on a developed road. We have to develop it as we go along. You must know that in this position you will have to develop it as you go along.
What kind of nation is going to be established in Korea? When North and South negotiate and begin to interchange with one another, will there be established a communist regime like the North, or will it become just like the South, or will it become a new country unlike either North or South? When we look at questions such as these, our time is slowly approaching. If you are the Unificationists that will take responsibility for it, how much feeling of responsibility do you hold and how much sacrifice are you willing to take? Do you have confidence?
In this time of personnel shortage, who will go to Jung-joo, North Korea and take responsibility for Jung-joo? Have you thought about that? Have you considered being the church leader for Jung-joo district and preparing for ten or twenty years only to be unable to accomplish it and then tell your son on your deathbed, "Son, study and prepare well for that day when you will accomplish Heaven's plan and become the Jung-joo church leader"? I have been thinking of that and preparing up until now.
When you think about that, do you young people go back to the country side to your children and wives and live a care-free life? Is it supposed to be that way or not? (It's not supposed to be that way.) Even if you die, you have to leave your country behind.
Even if you die, you should leave a country behind for you children. You should make a new determination. A determination like: "I will become the church leader who will go to the far border of a remote area and stand face to face with communists throughout days and nights under sounds of gunfire and play the role of a border guard. And even if my nation or anyone doesn't recognize my efforts, I will never change my heart of loyal love for the country even if I die." That attitude is perfect. Even if the world never recognizes you it's okay. If you go to the spirit world. everything is exposed.
When you think about these things, you must understand that people are unworthy. You have to know that people are lacking. Born as a man with a mouth and emotions, there is no excuse for you not to be able to give Divine Principle speeches, especially you younger ones in your twenties and thirties.
How miserable is it to be the father who, determined to give his life, does his duty loyalty, and refuses the sympathy of heaven while ready to collapse at any moment? Since God has done thus, I must do the same. Without passing this course, he cannot establish on the earth a regular and normal tradition, nor can he establish the condition that he has loved mankind. Therefore you must clearly know that God has traveled that route.
3) You must Love even your Enemies
What is the biggest headache in this world? What is the most difficult problem? What is the greatest cross? What is it? Satan, it is Satan.
Who is going to be responsible for this? When you say "I will take responsibility. We will take responsibility," if you can become the kind of person that God can say "Okay, you take the responsibility" too, then God's headaches regarding Satan will go away. Will you take responsibility for Satan? (Yes.)
How despised Satan must be. Think about how despised he would be. Even God who is omnipotent and omniscient has endured suffering for 6000 years. How much suffering have Unification Church members who have taken responsibility for this endured? If you say you will take care of Satan, do you think that he will meekly follow behind you and accommodate himself? Do you think that if you take responsibility, Satan will leave you alone? What do you think? (He will not accommodate himself.) Who will take responsibility for these things? Who will? If you are going to take responsibility, you must do it with the secret key that will defend against him. You must do the things that Satan cannot do. Satan is a destructive being with an evil hand. If there is anything that is good, Satan will try to destroy it. Therefore, what is there that he cannot do? If we are to defeat Satan, we must do the opposite and destroy evil things.
So, is it easier to destroy good things or is it easier to destroy bad things? Which is it? Also, is it easier for a good person to become bad or a bad person to become good? Which is it? (It is easier for a good person to become bad.) Satan is the thief who made good people go bad even in the garden of Eden.
So, can you take responsibility for that? (Yes.) Your answer maybe "yes," but think about it. Have you thought about it? If I now leave Satan to your responsibility will you say, "Oh, this is the gift that I have been waiting and waiting for"? (Yes.) If that is the case, then you will become the saviors. You have to think of how the domain of responsibility expands to even these problems. When you look for all the fundamental rules to follow when disposing of these problems, you will find that there are none. The only method is by trusting others, living for others and loving others. You have to bear the cross. Outside of that, there is no possible way. Do you like that? (Yes.) Think about it. This is a very difficult situation. Short of sacrificing yourself, it is very hard.
Can you sincerely trust others, live for other and love others? How do you think God does it? Have you thought about how God might be able to do it? Don't you think that this would be difficult for God also? God would like to be able to prove that through a test he was able to accomplish this easily. Even though he stood in a position where he has not completely trusted, lived for or loved, God trusted, lived for and loved completely.
The fact that he let his beloved son die on the cross was how he practiced that heart. To do that for those who couldn't trust, live for or love is a look into one of his ordeals. It is possible to think in this manner. You have to know that this kind of serious problem is connected.
Therefore, the person who can fix all the problems and take responsibility is the leader. Do you want to become that kind of leader? (Yes.) That job is difficult. If there is a leader who is able to take on that task and complete it, that leader will become the person who can forever control history. God must also take on that responsibility. If the messiah comes to execute God's responsibility, if that messiah is not a leader who can take care of such a responsibility, he will be a messiah that only judges which is not right.
4) The Mud's Posture Towards Accomplishing Responsibility
Those who are appointed definitely have a responsibility for their duty. Just as in a workplace, if you are a manager or a division head, if you have been appointed then you have a responsibility to accomplish the duties that you receive. Also, there is a limitation in accomplishing your allotted responsibility. You do not do it forever. It is limited to a certain period of time.
What type of heart must you have before taking on responsibility? You must have the determination to change your life if you cannot accomplish the responsibility.
You mustn't stand before life in a position to only receive. In front of God's will, you must only stand in a position to give.
You must go forth as if it were a matter of life and death. It is not a simple task. You must go through even three separate attempts. If upon this foundation you go all throughout Korea for heaven's will, God will observe you from the back. Thousands of saints and heavenly soldiers and sages, as well as your good ancestors will be observing your actions. Therefore, not only the fate of the Unification Church, but the fate of these people and the world rests on your two shoulders.
You must pray the following prayer, "I know how much suffering Father went through to find the central individual. Centering on me, I want to go and become the heavenly representative who find my people and my tribe. Father please help me." How serious is this prayer? Isn't God's wish that there are people such as this in the countless regions of this world?
Today, we should take this grave sense of mission and work. Let's give sincerely, and be patient, and be victorious. Let us shed sweat and blood for mankind and give sincerely. If it is not genuine, then it will not be left in history.
You must become the most pitied person in the world in the face of your responsibility. In order to accomplish your responsibility, you must try your utmost with all your effort. If there is a God, that kind of person will absolutely not fail. God will absolutely not allow for his failure. This I know from historic personal experience. If you say, "If there is something that I cannot do, I will do it. I will be responsible, then already God is inclined to take responsibility. If you continue with that kind of earnest and accomplish your responsibility, God will never let that kind of son be let down or fail. I know this from experience.
From extraordinary works come extraordinary miracles. Do you understand? A person's heart, or a parent's heart or God's heart is the same. It is the same.
When it comes time that you must leave a village, if you have not fulfilled the job you stated and prayed you would do when you arrived, you must say that you will return again to fulfill what you promised to do, and shed tears in order for the road ahead to open to you.
Do you understand what I am saying? It is wrong to say, "This village is evil. Please move me somewhere else." (laughter) If you leave seeking a better place, who will take care of that village? Can someone who does worse than you come and take responsibility? If you want someone better to come and take your place, shouldn't that someone go someplace better? It is a serious problem.
Therefore, if you have to leave your position without finishing your mission, you must say, "God, I will leave now," with endless tears. When you can say, "Heaven, I have done all that I could have done. I have done all that I could as a human. Day or night I was of one determination and I have offered extreme dedication," and Heaven can also see that you are leaving after having done everything you could, even though you could not finish your mission at that position, Heaven will return to you in excess of your effort. If you can quietly finish your portion of responsibility, even though you finished, you should feel inadequacy. If it is good, then you cannot feel it is good before Heaven does. if it is bad, you have to become people who worry that Heaven might see it as bad before you do.
5) The Victorious Warrior Responsible for the Origin of Creation
When you are sent to a location for the providence, you have to be able to take responsibility for yourself Someone who cannot be responsible for themselves cannot have another mission. Only when one can be responsible for oneself can they take on other responsibilities. Only after you have taken responsibility for yourself can you establish this ideal.
God has been unable to find on Heaven or earth someone who is able to take responsibility for themselves. However, if you can take that responsibility, that is a starting point. The food we eat, the clothes we wear are expecting responsibility from us. If you can't take responsibility, you will be ashamed before creation. So I hope that before the whole, you can become persons who can take responsibility. You must stand in that position to be able to call God, Lord of Creation, Father, and Master.
From the Fall, humans have lost their position of being able to take responsibility. They have been unable to be true children before true parents. God is the absolute being to creation, parents to humans, and the genuine owner of the heavens. God is the True Father, True owner and we must be able to go in place of God. If not then we are ignoring the lord of life.
Regarding the absolute person, we must give our lives. Regarding True Parents, we must give our love. Regarding the true owner, we must give our loyalty. Otherwise, we cannot establish the connection with the true life of creation, true love of True Parents, and the duty of the true owner. If you cannot take responsibility for yourself, you cannot make any connections with any of your neighbors.
This kind of person becomes recognized as a being of unchanging value. When you go out to the different regions, you must go as people who can be responsible for and stand in place of the position of the ideal of creation, the position of parents, and the position of owner. Creation does not lament because they don't have a God, but because they don't have anyone to can take responsibility in the place of God. You must be responsible for yourselves. If there is a place to take responsibility for, you must go there whether it snows or rains.
God is taking the responsibility as Lord of Creation, an Absolute being, true father, and true owner. That is why he has conducted the providence of restoration. If God had never taken this responsibility, things such as restoration or Heaven would not be possible. Even though God may be betrayed and be kicked out, he doesn't abandon his position as an absolute being. God takes responsibility as the absolute being, father and the true owner. You too must take on these responsibilities as the absolute being, the father and the true owner.
Don't refuse responsibility because you don't have the qualifications, but go forth with the responsibility of a father and owner. When God is taking responsibility for three sides, you must at least take responsibility for one side. If you go to a region with a certain responsibility, all creation in that region will know what kind of value you have as an entity. The environment will bear witness. What kind of witness will it bear? That you are the one who came to save their lives, you are the embodiment of father, and you are the owner of their region. The heart to give everything to you and support you will be in motion.
By taking on the responsibilities of lord of creation, father, and true owner, Heaven and earth will help you. You must take on the responsibility of the absolute being, father, and owner. If you go with those responsibilities, you will not be rejected. Today, people are looking for someone to take responsibility for their actions, their lives and their hearts. This sort of society is an ideal society. If you take responsibility and offer your life, you will find friends.
If you go out to the countryside, you must take the responsibilities of the lord of creation who created life, parents, and ownership. If you do not, you cannot be the representative of the absolute being, true parents, and the true owner. If you cannot take responsibility, you should at least be willing to serve in attendance with absolute submission. Therefore, you must stand in a position to be responsible for yourself. Representing the absolute being, the true parents, and the true owner, you must become a victorious warrior. Heaven is eagerly searching for such a person.
Section 4. The Responsibility And Attitude Of A Minister (Part 2)
5. An Appointed Person's Attitude Towards Their Mission
At work, if you are appointed as a manger or director, there is a definite set of duties and an amount of responsibility that needs to be taken care of. Also, there is a limitation when it comes to accomplishing this responsibility. It is not something you can do forever. It is restricted to a certain time period.
Then, how much is the time period and amount of responsibility? When you estimate your lives to be seventy or eighty or around 100 years, the question becomes, how much can be accomplished within a century's time? Also, how do you go about doing it? If you want to put in the same amount of dedication as someone else, if you someone else does ten hours, then you too must do ten hours. If someone else does ten years, then you must do ten years. However, if you try to do it more quickly than the other person, you will have to do more than ten hours.
In order to do this you need an increased effort. If you have only ten hours, but you want to accomplish it faster, what must you do? You must invest an increased effort and dedication. So you must save every moment and throw all of your dedication into it. If you are a person who lives with the feeling that even a moment can decide victory or failure, then your days will be bright days.
In receiving an appointment and completing your mission, there is always a time period. When you build a house, you have to prepare a comprehensive plan of how you are going to build that house and by when you will have it finished. just like one has to start building under a specific plan, you must also get receive a mission under a specific place before you start. If you have started that mission, you must finish within the allotted time.
In regards to completing within the given time frame, if you can complete more than the plan within the time frame, it will be worthy of commendation.
If you do a more complete job than the plan required, that is not a normal job. It was done abnormally. What does that mean? It was possible because the person's effort and dedication was increased. If you do it according to the plan, there will be no problems. Anyone can do that. However, if you anticipate a completion better than the plan, not everyone can reduce the amount of time necessary.
So, what is the privilege that someone who is appointed can have today? This privilege has a fixed volume, and an established time with which it must be completed. This is something anyone can do. The privilege received by an appointed person cannot be interfered with by anyone, even the planner. It must be an absolute authority. If you worked together with someone for ten hours and slept together, you would have shared many thoughts. Also, when the suffering and dedication that you put into your job gets doubled through someone else, the results that are realized through the other person are going to be given the highest honors by the cosmos.
As long as these kinds of people remain, the world will last forever. That is if someone with an even higher standard does not appear. In athletics, before someone breaks an established record, it seems as if that record will remain forever. Therefore, you must plot a course set for that record. As an appointed person, this is inevitable. If you are able to complete the task assigned to you in the available time, you can win a medal and high commendations. This is your mission. It is a direct mission.
If it is a job that an individual can complete, it is wrong for two people to do it. When you receive a prize, two people can't receive that prize. When seen from this view, the person who received the command wants to accomplish it centering the responsibility on himself. Interference from anyone is disliked. This is because you have individual authority. You cannot forget that you have such a serious authority.
What am I going to do? What kind of person am I going to become in front of my people? What kind of person will I become before the world and before heaven and earth? This type of heart has not been instilled. A person without this heart has no qualifications to be appointed. It is in order to understand these things that questions such as philosophy and religion gave rise. An appointed person with a subject's authority does not like to receive interference. However, if an absolute being who is able to interfere appears, then he will receive interference.
When today's people say, "Love me. Love me forever," it ends only in words. In order to become a person who can love from the absolute position, you must love before even asking for love. If it is returned from the object's position, that becomes an absolute standard.
When seen from this viewpoint, you have all abandoned your lives to become chosen. That is something that absolutely no one can interfere with. Even God cannot do anything about it. Throughout the historic times of past, present and future, absolutely no one has been able to interfere. That is because in front of an absolute standard, there must be an absolute object standard.
The larger the scope of the appointed duty, the larger the amount of time that is allotted for it. There are instances of giving thousands of years and several generations worth of dedication over the period of one generation. The question becomes whether or not one can give that kind of thousand year dedication.
6. The Attitude That A Minister Must Have
1) You Must Start from the Very Bottom
The people who are starting to establish the traditional thought for the present time are you people. But there are too many people. How many people attended here today? (Fifty five people.) I am saying that Fifty five people is too much. All these people must each go out and take responsibility for a region. It is not that you are going to be starting from the position of regional leader, but you must start from the very beginning. Before you become a devoted regional leader, you must become a devoted church-goer. If you become a devoted church member, you become a regional leader even if you don't want to be. Regardless of how deep a vein of gold is buried, you will get a professional to dig it out and reveal it's original value. Likewise, necessary beings become revealed.
Among you, there are people who think, "If I do this, I can become regional director from a mere village director." These people are the ones who are living for themselves.
You must have the heart to be able to live one hundred years for the church. There are many people such as person x and person y in this world. Among them are people who have lost their children, lost their spouses, have nothing to eat and have nothing to wear -- thousands of different kinds of people who can be pitied. You have to become the closest friend of these people. This is living for the sake of the world.
If you try to find the side of yourself which can endure a lot, fight a lot for the sake of the whole, Heaven will naturally support you. No matter how long you may have stood in that position, you may not boast about it. If you set yourself up, you will fall. However, if Heaven sets you up, you will not fall.
That is why it is not good for a leader to stand in a position which he has setup for himself. You must seek a position or the environment around you can establish, in which you can stand. Then you can stand there and not fail. All things are this way. It is wrong for you to assert yourself If you assert yourself there is no way for you to become God's son or daughter.
When I left prison, why did I take with me the rags that I wore while incarcerated? Even if I sold it, I couldn't get one cent for it. Even if I gave it to a candy dealer, I wouldn't get a candy for it. Why was it that during that period of nearly three years I gave away all my silk clothes to others and wore only these rags? Why would I need these rags that are falling apart when I touch them? This is because in ten years, or a century, or tens of centuries time, they will be such treasures that you could give all the world's fortunes and you could not buy them.
Hot-blooded young people today may laugh if they heard this, but because it was more valuable than any fortune, I overcame difficult circumstances to bring it out. To the average person, it is not worth a set of satin clothes, or even a single coin from their wallet.
Precious treasures gained by all sorts of severe hardships have all been lost by the Unification Church. The one and only precious treasure has been lost. Even if you give all the money in the world, you could not buy it. Then, would I do this in order to leave something for myself? No. If you go forth with this kind of heart, then God will want to leave something, and afterwards he will want for your descendants to leave something as well. Because God's heart is such, and the heart of future descendants is also such, I am doing it for God and future descendants.
This is the life-view that must be taken by people in a public position. You must know the sense of value for someone in a public position. Even if I am tortured and throw up blood and fall over, I say "Dear heaven, please do not shed tears over my blood. This is going to be shameful blood, and any tears will be soaked in lamentations and resentment. I do not want heaven to sympathize." That is how I will not pray when I go to prison. In light of the world of the heart, this is what one must do.
2) You Must Go Forth with Faith
The place where faith comes from is ideals. This ideal is not just an individual ideal, but a world-centered ideal that can make comprehensive connections, and an ideal with step-by-step systematic content. It is from this type of thought-based ideal that faith arises. That is why someone who claims to have a ideal or a doctrine, must also have faith, You must have a faith that no one else has.
It is the same for us who have taken up the new Unification ideal and Unification thought. You must be filled with a strong and resolute faith in the new cosmic view, life view and lifestyle view centered on Unification thought as Unification members, and be able to say, "This is the best. If not this, then nothing at all." This is the problem. You must first have ideological knowledge, and then a faith that it will work, If your thoughts and faith are not influenced by it, then it cannot become yours and can easily be taken away by someone else. But the foundation that I have realized and strengthened, and the ground which has roots that have been firmly planted, cannot be taken away short of the application of a strength and faith that is greater than them.
You must have that confidence in many subjects and areas. First, faith must come first, faith! You must have tried many things and have faith to be able to say, "What I am doing is without any doubt." If you are someone with ability who can take on and process many difficult situations, you can adapt and develop in any place.
No matter what kind of work you do, faith is a problem. Even if you go to your post and suffer, you must have faith and live and work within faith. When we see movies, we enjoy scenes that are dangerous and risky. In the same manner, when we work, all creation and heaven and earth look on to see if the risky crisis can be successfully navigated.
When fishing with a net, you must cast the weights a little bit further to be able to catch one more fish. Since we are in the position of the weights, we have to move with the heart to try to bring in at even one more person from Satan's domain.
In regards to God's Will, if you have the determination to have greater loyalty than me, everything will unfold easily. Do you understand what that means? If, for instance, I have gone to a depth of ten meters, but you have only gone five, Satan will attack. Do you understand? It is not the same level. If you inherit the foundation of my having gone ten meters, it is okay if you go eleven and then come back and stay at ten. If you cannot fulfill this and remain in that position, it is not horizontal or level and an angle forms. You have to know what I'm talking about exactly. In order to become horizontally level with the foundation that I have set, you have to be correctly educated in my ideals, traditions and abilities to produce results. You must have the ability to produce results.
3) You Must Be Crazy To Go On This Path
If you look at it a certain way, saints are somewhat foolish people. They seem somewhat stupid. They have the character of a bear. You have to have the kind of slow-wittedness that, if you had your arm cut off, would make you simply say, "Oh, this is not cut enough. Please cut more." If a bear or a wild boar gets shot and is slowed by the wound, they would chew off the wounded limb and run away. They last thing they think of is death and the first thing on their minds is the wound that is slowing them. You have to have this kind of slow-wittedness. Do you understand? You have to be a little foolish. Even someone like St. Steven was somewhat foolish in the world's eyes.
How pitiful was Jesus? Why did he go around, feed five thousand people, cause troubles, and end up dying like that? How good would it be if he just stayed quiet? That's why people say there is no prosperous loyalist. Prosperous ones are opportunistic. Men of blind-faith are ignorant and stupid and bear-like. There aren't many handsome loyalists. There aren't many pretty virtuous women either. If you look at statues of the exemplary virtuous women, they are all average or less in their beauty. Beautiful people give out sexual odors. So Unification Church members are all ugly. (laughter) Therefore, you should think that it's okay for ugly looking people like us to be treated like trash, so that when God does construction work to fill a valley, you can ask him to make you the first blob of dirt to be dumped. Then where will you be buried? You will be buried in the very bottom, at the foundation. Then you will be the king of all dirt used in the construction. Right? (laughter)
You need to know that this 70, 80 year-long life comes only once. Even though the course of indemnity seems extremely long in a lifetime, it's even shorter than one breath, compared to eternity. Isn't it? But how long is eternity? Starting with "e. . . and "ter. . ." and till "nity. . ." this is how long the time of eternity is. (laughter) It is that long. In this world, we can count how many times I breath. The number of times I breath in an hour, in a day, in a year, in ten years, and even in my lifetime, we can calculate. In this short period of time, please don't gasp and lead an anxious life. Everything is momentary.
To be a persevering person, you need to go through many things. That's how you get connected to God. Think about it. If you make good connections in a difficult situation, then in good times, you will have that connection without any effort. Ordinary people die to have that connection in good times. That kind of connection will end up to be temporary. It should be at the level of relationship where both would wish to die for each other in life and death situation, and it's the stage when you can even exchange your lives. Having walked the road of death together and having gone through difficulties together, you don't need to worry about happy times. The relations made in difficult times have different taste from those made in good times.
4) Endure and Persevere until the End
You should know how much God had endured. You complain and protest at little difficulties. How patient was God at those times? We need to be like him. We should endure thousands and millions of years. I'm not saying we shouldn't fight. Fight until both sides become good. We don't fight till one perishes. We should fight to educate and to bring them to our side, not to make enemies, okay? [Yes]
How much had God been enduring? How many sights He didn't like did he see and endure? What He didn't want to hear, didn't want to say, . . . from now on, make resolutions to yourself that you will endure all the curses from people in the world in order to perfect God's love. Look at God and make resolutions to learn his endurance.
Then, why do we have to endure? It is to inherit God's love and to make it ours. Because we know that He is looking for someone like himself, we ought to learn his patience, okay? [Yes] We need to learn God's patience. First in the history, we need to be kings of patience. Because God was a king of patience, I too have to be a king of patience.
So, how much God would have endured? The enemy who killed his sons and daughters, killed the king of the world, and destroyed God's ideals is the ultimate enemy. God had endured an enemy like that. Do you want that too? [Yes] Do you want that endurance or do you want love? [Love] (laughter) You shouldn't only desire love. Without desiring endurance, you can't possess great love. You know it now? [Yes]
I'm persevering. My ear, forget all! My eyes, forget all! My heart, forget all! Persevere even though the heart aches! For whom? For God and mankind. It's God who is to be consoled, not me, however sad I am. Without doing this work, you can't even pray. You must know that this is the path the church and I had walked. Why? There is no other way. This is the shortest way.
Think about it everyone. How persistent was Christianity. For four hundred years during Roman persecution, Christians went underground and suffered, but they struggled to overcome the circumstances. I can't help wondering if the Unification Church can survive in this world or not.
To remain in a welcomed place is not a problem. The problem is how to remain in a place where you are opposed and persecuted. Long time ago I thought that we should be flexible enough to change our shapes or make our selves smaller when we are pressured.
If you look at it that way, I have been persecuted for thirty years but gone through it quiet well. When hit once, I retreated. . . That's a strategic retreat. Again I go into it strategically. We should have inner determination to reach up even further whenever it's possible.
So, think about the seeds of trees and fruits. In this frigid zone, a pine tree from a tropical region wouldn't grow and die off. But if you grow the seed in tropical region and move it to frigid region and back to tropical region and so on, it will grow in any region. Therefore whichever the seed is, it shouldn't grow only in proper climate. If it wants to grow in any place, it should either absorb all the elements of different environment, or have the power to oppress them. Even if the Unification Church reaches a miserable end, we should say, "We work for a greater cause than any one else. We work for the world. ." Even if we die, this is how we should die. Is there any organization that died like that?
Right now, our Unification groups are moving for the whole world. In accomplishing God's will, if we endure and persevere, God's Will will accomplish ultimately. Right? Even if I don't say it, there is a saying of "luck will come after enduring and persevering."
In enduring and persevering, what is the 100 percent standard? The standard is to risk your neck. If you risk your neck and die, mother and father will cry and say "why don't you live longer?," and little siblings will say "why brother and sister, why die now?" and the whole family will be turbulent.
Most of the people in the world withdraw if they fail first, a second and a third time, but our Unification youths should have hearts to start again after several failures.
Wild boar hunting is fun. When first people depart toward a ridge, everyone tries to be on the front, but after a few ridges, they get tired and think "It would be good enough not to fall behind." But if they get more exhausted, they think "What if I take a short break?" and if they go a little more, they hope "I can stop now." This is when wild boars run away.
When you go fishing in the ocean, you feet as though you will catch every fish, but after you throw the net in the water a few times with all your might, the spirit disappears and it gets tedious.
5) To Defend the Dignity of Heaven
Therefore wherever you go, you need to defend and keep the dignity of heaven. The dignity of heaven, dignity of Unificationists, dignity of our apostles who followed the principle, dignity of us who confronted the evil world centered on God's heart. This dignity cannot be compared to that of any soldiers. It cannot be compared to dignity of the world's best army.
In this dignity, the historical response and imminent response live. You shouldn't forget that the straight historical road to eternity will be established only based on this dignity. At the same time, it is continuous. Therefore, if I can't go, I have to prepare a successor for me. I plead to you to have this kind of spirit and beliefs.
6) Results Should be Connected to Causes
God's providence doesn't aim for some individual purpose but aim for whole purpose. If you look at a tree, it always has roots, stems, branches and leaves. To look at it in stages, branches existed before leaves, stems existed before branches, and roots existed before stems. Yet, is it possible to have a leaf without roots, stems, and branches? Then its own body cannot exist. Thus, in order to complete a tree, each has to do its own part.
Throughout my life, when I earn some kind of glory, I never thought of it as originating from myself. It's because I know it originated from heaven.
For the cause of Heaven, we ought to connect the result to Heaven. In other words, when you look at your daily purpose as completing your responsibility, you should connect the cause to the result. Then, how do we make cause and result match? This is the problem. This social environment doesn't do that. Because it's 180 degrees different, we need set up conditions for indemnity and overcome the environment.
Nowadays numerous people devote themselves in cultivating their moral sense. They are all receiving something from God's spiritual providence. They think each of them are best in the country. They actually get that type of revelation. However, since that is a consequential thing, they should pursue the fundamental root. In pursuing the cause, it shouldn't be done centered on oneself. Why not? It's because the result appears when one becomes one with God's heart and one with True Parents' heart. Hanging onto the result without knowing the cause is like a rootless branch, and therefore will end up being miserable.
Without having same cause and result, you can't say that you have completed your responsibility. Therefore everything has to be one. One centered on what? It has to be one with God's heart and parent's heart. Parents don't exist because of me. God doesn't exist because of parents. Parents exist because of God, and I exist because of parents. Therefore, Unification Church members, who are in a child's position, should possess the heart of God and parents.
Today we shall stand on one basis which transcends our previous perception and entire beliefs. You must know this clearly. If each of you look back on yourself till now, you will see that you've had your own notion of thinking. Some complain and some say all different kinds of things about the church headquarters, but this is unacceptable.