No Longer a Slave to Money, She Finds a True Life (II)

By Chen Wei

Finding the Root of Her Suffering She Defies Satan’s Temptations

Chen Wei started living a life of the church. The brothers and sisters encouraged her to read more of God’s words and she learned how to rely on God through her illness and fight the disease. She felt true warmth in her heart. She continued to read God’s words every day and she felt a fullness in her heart that she never had before; her health improved by the day. She gave thanks for God’s love from her heart.

As her health was improving, hearing about someone earning some money still stirred her. Her brother’s wife opened up a cloth store and asked Chen Wei to be her in-house tailor—the salary was considerable. This made her think of when she had money, how everyone praised her and thought highly of her, so she told her sister-in-law she would give it some thought. After she left Chen Wei made some calculations: Making one article of clothing would take a little over ten minutes and she could earn a little over ten yuan, plus she’d be working in her sister-in-law’s store which wasn’t too far from home—it was the best of both worlds. She got her scissors out that she had packed away and had gotten rusty to sharpen them and wiped off the board she used for cutting down cloth, getting ready to throw herself back into it. But then she gave it a bit more thought. She hadn’t fully recovered her health, so if she got sick again wouldn’t she be putting herself into another bad situation? Conflicted, she prayed to God: “God, hearing what my sister-in-law had to say today I felt like I wanted to start earning money again, but I’m worried about wearing myself out again. I don’t know what to do—please enlighten and guide me in this.”

After praying, Chen Wei read these words of God: “‘Money makes the world go round’ is the philosophy of Satan and it prevails among the whole of mankind, among every human society. You could say that it is a trend because it has been instilled into the heart of every single person and is now affixed in their heart. … Regardless of how much experience someone has with this saying, what’s the negative effect that it can have on someone’s heart? Something is revealed through the human disposition of the people in this world, including each and every one of you. How is this interpreted? It’s the worship of money. Is it hard to get this out of someone’s heart? It is very hard! It seems that Satan’s corruption of man is thorough indeed! So after Satan uses this trend to corrupt people, how is it manifested in them? Don’t you feel that you couldn’t survive in this world without any money, that even one day would just be impossible? People’s status is based on how much money they have as is their respectability. The backs of the poor are bent in shame, while the rich enjoy their high status. They stand tall and proud, speaking loudly and living arrogantly. What does this saying and trend bring to people? Don’t many people see getting money as being worth any cost? Don’t many people sacrifice their dignity and integrity in the pursuit of more money? Don’t many more people lose the opportunity to perform their duty and follow God for the sake of money? Isn’t this a loss for people? (Yes.) Isn’t Satan sinister to use this method and this saying to corrupt man to such a degree? Isn’t this a malicious trick?

Chen Wei realized from God’s words that Satan misleads people with fallacious perspectives like “Money makes the world go round,” “Money isn’t everything, but without it, you can do nothing,” and “Money is first.” This makes people feel that if they have money, they have everything, and that with money they can win others’ respect. Steeped in this kind of wrong thinking, many people trade their life for money when they’re young, and then just trade money for their life when they’re old. They think nothing of damaging their health for the sake of earning money and then are terribly tormented by disease. Some even lose their lives. Chen Wei realized that she had lost herself in the trend of thinking that “Money makes the world go round.” Just so that her mother-in-law, husband, and others around here would regard her highly, so that she could hold her head up high, she had handed her one-year-old child over to her mother-in-law and had worked day and night like a machine—that went on for over a decade. As a result, she was exhausted to the point of illness, her back hurt so much she couldn’t stand up straight, and her blood pressure was so low that she was on the verge of fainting. In spite of all this, she still wouldn’t take the time to seek treatment, but instead just took some medication and kept on working. She had become a total slave to money until she was unable to move and confined to her bed, completely unable to work. She also thought of how, after she came before God and was no longer struggling to earn money, her health had gradually improved. She had also come to understand some truths; she felt freedom and release in her heart. She realized that no matter how much money she had, she couldn’t buy her health back and that the meaning of life isn’t to earn money, but is to be able to hear God’s words and live in accordance with them. With that kind of life, she’d be at ease and at peace with God’s care and protection. She declined her sister-in-law’s offer.

An Epiphany Leads Her Onto the Right Track in Life

One evening when Chen Wei was coming back from a gathering she heard her neighbors having a lively discussion. Listening closer she heard that Li Yu, a fellow tailor, had gotten intestinal cancer. She went to the hospital for treatment, but it was ineffective and she died. Chen Wei overheard a neighbor say, “It’s really a shame that she died at such a young age. No matter how much money she earned, it couldn’t save her life….” Chen Wei was really struck by what this neighbor had said: People’s lives are fragile and when death comes, we’re completely helpless. No amount of money can save a person’s life. She thought of how she had been harmed by Satan in the past and had worked both day and night to earn money. She had surgery for uterine fibroids and her doctor told her not to do any tiring work, but she didn’t spare her body, instead continuing to work hard to earn more money. She ended up exhausting herself to the point that she was bed-ridden. If it hadn’t been for God’s words allowing her to see through Satan’s tricks she would have stayed stuck in the vortex of money and her outcome would have been the same as Li Yu’s. Chen Wei knew that it was God’s care and protection that had allowed her to escape from Satan’s harm.

When she got back home she read God’s words and saw this: “People spend their lives chasing after money and fame; they clutch at these straws, thinking they are their only means of support, as if by having them they could keep on living, could exempt themselves from death. But only when they are close to dying do they realize how distant these things are from them, how weak they are in the face of death, how easily they shatter, how lonely and helpless they are, with nowhere to turn. They realize that life cannot be bought with money or fame, that no matter how wealthy a person is, no matter how lofty his or her position is, all people are equally poor and inconsequential in the face of death. They realize that money cannot buy life, that fame cannot erase death, that neither money nor fame can lengthen a person’s life by a single minute, a single second.” “After you recognize this, your task is to lay aside your old view of life, stay far from various traps, let God take charge of your life and make arrangements for you, try only to submit to God’s orchestrations and guidance, to have no choice, and to become a person who worships God.

This brought up heartfelt emotions for her. “It’s true. No matter how much material wealth I may have and how much others look up to me, that can’t bring me true peace and it particularly can’t give me a longer life. God is the Creator and our fates are in His hands. Accepting and submitting to His rule and arrangements as well as taking the path of fearing God and shunning evil are the only things that can allow us to obtain His blessings and approval, and live out a life of meaning. Thinking of Li Yu who used to work in the same field and was just in her 40s—she was constantly busy earning money, had two houses, and her children were in college, but she ended up being unable to enjoy her twilight years. She got an untreatable illness and threw her life away. Even though I’ve earned some money over all these years, ultimately I was confined to my bed and was living in unspeakable suffering. I’ve really experienced that seeking money and status couldn’t save me from my sea of pain, and it especially couldn’t make up for the helplessness and emptiness in my heart. From this day forward, I just want to submit to God’s orchestrations and arrangements and go in the direction that God indicates.”

Chen Wei finally found the right path in life, and performed her duty in the church in order to repay God’s love. She felt very fulfilled in every day that passed. All of her health conditions slowly healed over time and to her surprise, her husband, who had always been an idle loafer, got a proper job and went into business. Chen Wei saw God’s authority in ruling over everything and that as the Creator, He suitably arranges the life of every person. She became willing to give the rest of her years to God, to live by His words, and to live out a truly meaningful life!

 

The End.

Part One: No Longer a Slave to Money, She Finds a True Life (I)

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