Several years ago, a pastor from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after his arrival, 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’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 shortly 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 preacher 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 grabbed the nearest light pole, held on tightly, and said; “Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter…”
The apostle Paul said to the Corinthians, “We are ambassadors for Christ”. As such, we have a responsibility to “walk properly toward those who are outside” the faith (1 Thessalonians 4:12). As followers of Jesus Christ, we represent God wherever we are, and in whatever we do. On the job, in the neighborhood, on the softball team, on the highway or even on a bus, we are His representatives. Thus, our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a sobering example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test, like the Pastor in the above illustration!
Always be on guard and remember 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. Lord, help us to represent You faithfully and honestly in every area of our lives.
Wherever I am, whatever I do,
O God, please help me to live
In a way that makes me credible
As Your representative. – Egner
Christ sends us out to bring others in.