The preacher who went to Leeds
Here’s a thing that does the round’s online about a preacher who was to preach in Leeds, England. It shows how honesty and integrity matter at all times for those who are called to be God’s messengers on earth. Thought I’d share this here. This is how it goes:
Several years ago, a preacher from a distant town accepted a call from a Church in Leeds. Some weeks after his arrival, he had an appointment that made him to board a bus to another part of the town. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had mistakenly given him his balance in excess of 50 pence.
As he considered what to do, he thought within him, ‘You’d better give this money back. It would be wrong to keep it’. Then another thought came, “Oh, forget it, it’s only 50 pence; who would worry about this little amount, afterall the bus company makes so much money on fares; they will never miss it. Accept it as ‘a gift from God’ and keep quiet.
“When he was getting down from the bus, he paused momentarily at the door, and then handed the 50 pence to the driver and said, ‘Take; the balance you gave me was over’. The driver, with a smile, replied,’ Aren’t you the new preacher in town?’ ‘Yes I am’ he replied.’Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about where to go to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I give you balance in excess. I’ll worship with you at the Church this Sabbath’.
When the preacher stepped off the bus, he grabbed a nearby pole, looked up and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold your Son for 50 pence.