Slide 2: Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas.
A few 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 an extra quarter.
As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, ‘I'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 for a 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, 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.
Slide 3: '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 preacher 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.‘
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Slide 4: Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Today we see the disciples being sent out two by two to be Christ’s representative in every village and town that they enter.
Just like our preacher they will be watched closely to see if they mirror Christian behavior. Don’t think for one minute that your aren’t being watched by your spouse, your children, your neighbors and your community.
Like the disciples Jesus sent out two by two you are Christ’s representative in your little corner of the world the question is,
Do you measure up?
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