EL EMPLEO / THE EMPLOYMENT – A Reflection on the Meaning of Life

A multi-award winning animated short film–a reflection on the meaning of life

Animated short film “EL EMPLEO / THE EMPLOYMENT” which has won 102 International Awards is directed by Santiago Bou Grasso from Argentina and written by Patricio Plaza. It replaces objects with human beings and satirizes the ruination of the soul in capitalist society with acid humor. It compares men to small screws in a big machine, which turn invariably and continuously at their own posts every day with helpless and stony expressions. All of them keep silent from the beginning to the end, and it overwhelms a feeling of suffocation with helplessness and fear. The whole film has shown an atmosphere of depression, helplessness and sadness. Moreover, at the end of the short film, the signing of the leading actor seems to express everyone’s inner voice.

After watching this short film, I really feel that what happened in it is also a portrayal of the modern society. Many people struggle bitterly in the big cauldron of the society, but they don’t know what they are fighting for, nor do they know what the value of life is. No matter whether they have a dream, they can’t avoid being assimilated by the society and are forced to adapt to the rhythm and pace of the society. People both at the top and the bottom of the social relationship have their own helplessness and indecision, however, they have to continuously work hard and move forward for their living, bearing the inner bitterness. … This phenomenon reminds me of God’s words, “Mankind, who left the supply of life from the Almighty, does not know why they exist, and yet fears death. There is no support, no help, but mankind is still reluctant to close their eyes, braving it all, drags out an ignoble existence in this world in bodies without the consciousness of souls. You live like such, with no hope; he exists like such, with no aim. There is only the Holy One in the legend who will come to save those who moan in suffering and long desperately for His arrival. This belief cannot be realized so far in the people who are unconscious. However, the people still yearn for it so.” “Humans, it would seem, are living in a terrorist world of darkness, which none among them seeks to transcend, and none among them thinks of moving on to an ideal world; rather, they are content with their lot in life, to spend their days bearing and raising children, striving, sweating, going about their chores, dreaming of a comfortable and happy family, of conjugal affection, of filial children, of joy in their twilight years as they peacefully live out their lives. … For tens, thousands, tens of thousands of years until now, people have been squandering their time in this way, with no one creating a perfect life, all intent only on mutual slaughter in this dark world, on the race for fame and fortune, and on intriguing against one another. Who has ever sought after God’s will?

I have lived reluctantly in the world like this before, only knowing that I had to work for life. Even if I had dreams of living a meaningful life which was different from others, yet finally nothing has changed in my life. I had to make a compromise to the reality and became a drop of the torrent of society just for survival. Because of God’s love, I followed God’s work and obtained His salvation. Through reading God’s word, I learned that all of man’s hardship was created by Satan. It is Satan that instills wrong views of life and values, which made me feel I should abide by the course of life which I ought to have. I had no mind to seek for a meaningful life, and I paid no more attention to God’s work but followed along with Satan’s temptation and entered the sea of affliction.

If we only live to satisfy our physical body under the domain of Satan, we will have empty life and drift along, without any meaning and valve. Only by coming back before God, accepting God’s sovereignty and arrangements and pursuing the truth can we get rid of the helpless and gloomy life, then our life will be valuable and meaningful. Just as God’s words say, “Only if one knows God and has the truth does he live in the light; and only when his view of the world and his view of life change does he change fundamentally. When he has a life goal and comports himself according to the truth; when he absolutely submits to God and lives by God’s word; when he feels assured and brightened deep in his soul; when his heart is free of darkness; and when he lives completely freely and unrestrained in God’s presence—only then does he live a true human life and become a person possessing truth.

Thanks to God’s salvation, I came before God and found a true valuable and meaningful life. I am willing to accept God’s sovereignty and arrangements, submit to God’s leading and walk on the true path of life.

 

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Focus on God’s Names: Mystery Series of Jehovah, Jesus and the Almighty: God’s Name—What’s the Name of the Returned Lord Jesus in the Last Days? Through the former two fellowships, many brothers and sisters in the Lord show that never have they known such great significance of God’s names, much less the backgrounds of God’s choice of His names and the desire of God, despite that they have believed in the Lord for years. Moreover, they have never considered that each of God’s names represents one part of the disposition of God and represents the work of God in one age. Thank the Lord! All the glory goes to the Father in heaven! However, brothers and sisters in the Lord are most concerned about whether the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will be called any other name in the last days. That is because we have believed in the Lord for years and have been waiting for the Lord Jesus to take us into the beautiful destination He has prepared for us in accordance with His promise. Now, let’s fellowship about the truth in this aspect. As we all know, God does different works and expresses different dispositions, so He is called different names in different ages. Because the principle of God’s work is never to repeat what He has already completed. This stage of work would be meaningless if He did the same work and was called the same name in different ages. For example, in the Age of Law, God did the work of promulgating laws and commandments and leading the Israelites to live. The Israelites at the time, who abode by the laws and commandments, would receive blessings from God. But if they failed to keep the laws and commandments, they would be cursed by God. In that stage of work, the dispositions God expressed were majesty and wrath, burning and curse. For instance, the priests, who didn’t serve Jehovah God as He required, would be burned by heavenly fire; the common people, who didn’t abide by the Ten Commandments, would be stoned to death. In accordance with God’s work as well as His dispositions expressed in that age, God named Himself “Jehovah.” But at the end of the Age of Law, man was incapable to keep the commandments, with the result that they committed sins continuously. In the end, they even offered crippled or blind oxen, sheep, and doves to God. God did not accept their sacrifices and they could not gain His mercy any longer. Because of such behaviors, they would end up being cursed by God, unable to survive. Therefore, in accordance with the needs of mankind, God was incarnated to do the redemptive work Himself under the name of the Lord Jesus, crucified and becoming man’s sin offering. As long as man prayed to the Lord Jesus, confessed his sins and repented before Him, he would be forgiven of his sins and need not offer oxen, sheep, or doves to God for his sins. Obviously, God’s disposition expressed in the Age of Grace was love and mercy. No matter what sins man committed, man could receive the mercy of the Lord as long as he confessed his sins and repented before Him. Take the licentious woman for example. She was caught and brought before the Lord Jesus, but He did not condemn her but just commanded her not to commit sins from then on. Therefore, in the Age of Grace, God’s name was no longer called Jehovah, but the Savior Lord Jesus who was full of mercy and love. So, if we want to know whether God will be called by any other name in the last days, we firstly need to know what work God will do in the last days. Let’s study several verses in the Bible, “And I saw another angel fly in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:6-7). “Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has ordained; whereof he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48). From these verses, we see that God will come to judge all nations and all peoples in the last days. But why will He judge all nations and all peoples? While pondering, I think of the church condition at present. Most believers lose the previous faith and love and are unable to sincerely spend for God. More than a few believers chat and sleep at meetings. Believers cannot hold on to the Lord’s way and teachings any longer. Many illegal things keep emerging in the church, such as struggling for fame and fortune, raising jealousy and strife, stealing offerings, etc. They pursue worldly trends, covet the fleshly enjoyment in sins, living in the cycle of sin and repentance. For example, one of my Christian friends called me and said the other day, “I can’t help committing sins at home, either quarreling with my husband or getting annoyed with my children. In the church, I often show jealousy and hatred toward others on account of some trifles. The Bible says, ‘Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord’ (Hebrews 12:14). How can a person like me see the Lord’s face? Doesn’t that mean I’ve wasted time all these years?” After she poured her heart out, I felt that I lived in sin and could not overcome sin like her. I could do nothing but comfort her with a few words. But when I thought of the scripture, “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26), I did not know what to say at that time. If I told her keeping confessing sins could allow us to be forgiven by the Lord, this was following doctrines and words obviously. But, are there any choices except confessing sins? Seeing the two scriptures and thinking about the conditions of the church as well as the state of believers, I think the Lord will do the work of judgment when He returns in the last days. Maybe man will be purified through God’s work of judgment. If not, God will not allow us who are filled with corruption to enter into His kingdom. And the Bible records the Lord Jesus will return to separate the tares from the wheat, the goats from the sheep, and the wicked servants from the good servants, which is, He will do the work of reaping and winnowing, rewarding the good and punishing the evil and classifying man according to kind. Since He will do the work of judgment, He will judge and purify man with righteous disposition, so that man will be classified according to kind. Then, will God bring a new name when doing a new work? I remember the Revelation records: “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write on him my new name” (Revelation 3:12). “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints” (Revelation 15:3). “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunder, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigns” (Revelation 19:6). According to the records of these verses, when God comes to do His work, He will take a new name and will be called “the Almighty” to reign as King. So, it is highly possible that God will come to do His work under the name of “the Almighty,” namely Almighty God, when He returns to take us in the last days. Through studying the Bible these days, I have realized that no matter what name God takes in each age, each name is brought due to the need of the management work. It is not taken at will, but is of age significance. Regardless of the changes to His names, the works of saving mankind are still done by one God, for the principle of His work is to use the name to change the age. When I get the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, I have great confidence that I can welcome the return of the Lord Jesus. Brothers and sisters in the Lord, concerning the mystery of God’s names, let’s end it here. If you have different points of view, please keep in touch with us. We can call on the Lord for guidance together again to know more truths we neglect before. All the glory and praise be to our Father in heaven! Amen! 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