The Last Knit

By Xiaoguo

A few-minute video interprets our whole life. In the video, for the sake of making a beautiful life, a woman can’t stop knitting. She knits faster and faster, and the more she knits, the more she gains. When the wool has run out, she continues to knit with her hair. In spite of the bottomless abyss ahead, she doesn’t want to drop it. In realistic life, aren’t we the same as she is? To become the leading role of the stage of our life, we never stop our feet: In order to gain fame and achievement in workplace, some people work overtime and race against time every day; in order to have a pretty future, some bury themselves in studies and ignore what’s going on around them…. We believe that as long as we keep pursuing our dream, the success will wave to us ahead. For the sake of our life and dream, we strive hard, sway our sweat, and even risk our life to fight with fate. Though counterattacks from reality always make us out of breath, we never think about turning back, nor are we aware of the “abyss” ahead.

God’s word says, “So Satan uses fame and gain to control man’s thoughts until all they can think of is fame and gain. They struggle for fame and gain, suffer hardships for fame and gain, endure humiliation for fame and gain, sacrifice everything they have for fame and gain, and they will make any judgment or decision to both maintain and obtain fame and gain. In this way, Satan binds man with invisible shackles. These shackles are borne on people’s bodies, and they have not the strength nor courage to throw them off. So people trudge ever onward in great difficulty, unknowingly bearing these shackles. For the sake of this fame and gain, mankind becomes estranged from God and betrays Him. With each passing generation, mankind becomes more and more wicked, more and more darkened, and so in this way one generation after another is destroyed in the fame and gain of Satan. Looking now at Satan’s actions, what exactly are its sinister motives? It’s clear now, isn’t it? Is Satan not abominable? (Yes!) Maybe today you still cannot see through Satan’s sinister motives because you think that there is no life without fame and gain. You think that, if people leave fame and gain behind, then they will no longer be able to see the way ahead, no longer be able to see their goals, their future becomes dark, dim and gloomy. But, slowly, you will all one day recognize that fame and gain are monstrous shackles that Satan uses to bind man. Until the day you come to recognize this, you will thoroughly resist Satan’s control and thoroughly resist the shackles Satan brings to bind you. When the time comes for you to wish to throw off all the things Satan has instilled in you, you will then make a clean break with Satan and will also truly loathe all that Satan has brought to you. Only then will you have a real love and yearning for God; only then can you walk the right road of life in pursuit of the truth.

From God’s word, we can see fame and status are the decoy Satan uses to corrupt man. No matter in school or in workplace, we all want to be the influential people and enjoy the admiring looks from others. Fame and gain, full of allure and magic, make us addicted and crazy, so that we will spend all our lifetimes in pursuing  them. Imperceptibly, we are enslaved and led forward, and even use our lives as bargaining chips to fight against fate. However, in this trade, can we really win? Maybe someone once won and gained the life he wanted, but have we ever thought what kind of price he had paid in private? We will pay double and spend more time pursuing fame and fortune, and Satan will take this chance to devour our lives little by little and make our life end with a sigh. The Lord Jesus said, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37). Even if we are extremely wealthy and enjoy the rich materials, what can be more important than life? Compared with life, everything seems so insignificant and feeble.

God has expressed many truths to save man from Satan’s influence. Only when we discern Satan’s rules of living through God’s word, see clearly what are positive things and what are negative things, conduct ourselves according to God’s word, truly obey before God, and let God be our master can we live an easy and relaxing life.

Just as God’s word says, “Because the essence of God is holy, that means that only through God can you walk the bright, right road through life; only through God can you know the meaning of life, only through God can you live out a real life, possess the truth, know the truth, and only through God can you obtain life from the truth. Only God Himself can help you shun evil and deliver you from the harm and control of Satan. Besides God, no one and nothing can save you from the sea of suffering so that you suffer no longer: This is determined by the essence of God.

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