Several years ago, a new preacher moved to a new town. Some weeks after he arrived, he was taking the city bus from his home to the downtown area.
When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much in change.
As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, “You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.”
Then he thought, “Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet.”
When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, “Here, you gave me too much change.”
The driver with a smile replied, “Aren’t you the new preacher in town?”
“Yes,” said the preacher.
“I have been thinking lately about going to worship somewhere,” said the driver. “I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday.”
When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he grabbed the nearest light pole, and said, “Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.”
Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is an example of how closely people watch us as Christians and how they may put us to the test.
Always be on guard and remember that we carry the name of Christ on our shoulders when we call ourselves a “Christian.”