The Parable of the Rice Field
There is a parable told in India about the selfish man who inherited a rice field. The first year the man irrigated the field and it was fruitful. The water, in fact, flowed onto his neighbor’s field and this too produced a bountiful harvest.
But the next year the selfish man decided: Why should I let this water flow through my field into his? Water is precious and I must keep it. So he built a dam. This prevented the water from flowing into his neighbor’s field but it proved disastrous to his own crop as well. Irrigation water nourished the field only if it flowed. When it did not move because of the dam, the water became stagnant and the field a swamp.
We own no rice fields. Still the parable is clear. Think of what we have inherited from God; think of all He has given us. If we are selfish and keep it all for ourselves, our lives become stagnant, a dismal swamp of mere existence. But if we give back to God by giving to others, both the giver and the receiver share in the fruits of God’s love.
Love One Another (1 John 4:21)
“By this all men [will] know that you are [my] disciples,”—not if you wear a gold cross, but—“if you [love one another].” That is the Christian’s badge of his being, in very truth, a disciple of Jesus Christ. Here, at this table, we find fraternity. Whosoever eats of this sacred supper declares himself to be one of a brotherhood in Christ, a brotherhood striving for the same cause, having sincere sympathy, being members of each other, and all of them members of the body of Christ. God makes this to be a fact throughout Christendom even now, and how will the world marvel as it cries, “See how these Christians love one another!”
—Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892)
DEFINITION of STEWARDSHIP
Christian Stewardship is “the obedient management of life and all its resources under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.”
"When we trust God we are free to rely entirely upon Him to get what we need." ~ Richard J. Foster
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)