There is a parable in India of the Selfish Fool, to whom a rice field was entrusted. The first season the irrigation water covered his field & made it fruitful, then flowed on to his neighbor's fields, bringing fertility everywhere.
But the next season he said in his heart, "This water is wealth, it is liquid harvest. I was a fool to let this treasure escape to my neighbor's land.”
He robbed his neighbor and spoiled his own crop; for the irrigation water brought blessing while it flowed, but when it became stagnant it bred a marsh.
Paul's instruction applies today: “Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too.” (Phil 2:4 ERV)
- Gospel Herald. (moreillustrations.com)
“A true revival means nothing less than a revolution, casting out the spirit of worldliness and selfishness, and making God and His love triumph in the heart and life.” - Andrew Murray.