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Romans 12: The Christian Job Description
Bible teacher Ray Stedman tells of an incident that happened during WWII. Some American army officers stationed in China found that they could make life a bit easier by having the Chinese houseboys assigned to them do all their dirty work. The Chinese servants did all the cooking, laundry, sweeping, and cleaning. They took care of everything in the house.
One group of soldiers had a fine houseboy whose Chinese name they couldn't pronounce, so they called him "Charlie." The cocky Americans began playing tricks on Charlie. It was fun—for them at least—to nail Charlie's shoes to the floor, so that when he put them on he couldn't move. They would put buckets of water up over the door, and, when Charlie came in, the water would fall on him. They thought this was a hoot! They would short-sheet his bed, and play all the other little, diabolical tricks they could think of.
Invariably, Charlie took it with wonderful grace. Instead of getting angry, he would laugh along with them. He actually seemed to almost enjoy it. Finally, the soldiers began to feel ashamed of themselves. One day the ringleader said, "You know, we really shouldn't do these things to Charlie. He has been so gracious about this. He is always so ready to serve us and then we repay him with these dirty tricks." So they felt ashamed of themselves and said, "We'll never do this again."
They called Charlie in, and said, "Charlie, we want to tell you that your attitude has made us feel so bad that we are never going to play tricks on you again." Charlie responded in broken English, "You mean, no more nailie shoes to floor?" They said, "No more nails in your shoes." Charlie said, "You mean, no more bucket over door?" They said, "No more buckets." Charlie said, "You mean, no more short-sheet bed?" And they said, "No more short-sheets." Finally Charlie said, "Good! Then Charlie no more ...
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