Watchman Nee used to tell of a Chinese Christian
who was a poor rice farmer. Every day, he would fill his rice patties
with water only to find out that his neighbor, who was not a
Christian, would drain the water into his own rice patties. For a
while, the Christian ignored this offense, but soon realized that it
would be his financial ruin. He prayed for a Christian way to handle
this problem. He came upon a solution. He got up early the next day
and filled his neighbor's field first and then filled his own. This
act of selflessness caused his neighbor to become a Christian.
J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.