“Ye are our letter, ….known and read of all men,” (2 Cor3:2)
Several Years ago, a preacher from New York accepted a call to preach in Houston, 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 dollar too much change.
As he considered what to do, he thought to himself,
“You’d better give the dollar back. It would be wrong to keep it.” Then he thought, “Oh, forget it, it’s only a dollar.
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 dollar 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? 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 Sunday.”
When the preacher stepped off the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said,
“Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a dollar.”
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 that you carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself “Christian.”
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
“So if any one be in Christ, there is a new creation;” (2Cor.5:17)