Several years ago, a pastor from out of state accepted a call in Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the 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 change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, ‘You 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 among? Accept it as a gift from God and keep quiet.’
When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and 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 pastor in town?’
‘Yes’ he replied.
‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship 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 pastor stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, 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 a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard – and remember – you carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself ‘Christian.’