One afternoon, a woman was relaxing on the beach under her umbrella. A little boy in his swimsuit, with towel in hand, ran up to her and asked, “Do you believe in God?” She was somewhat surprised by the boy’s question, but she answered, “Yes, I do.” Gaining confidence, he then asked her, “Do you go to church every Sunday?” Again, she answered, “Yes.” Finally, he crossed his fingers and laid it all on the line “Do you read your Bible and pray every day?” The woman was baffled and said, “Yes, sweetheart, I do. Why are you asking?” He smiled and asked, “Will you hold my money while I go swimming?”
This story paints the beauty of Christian character. Because we have been washed by the blood of Jesus and brought into the Kingdom of God, people should see our worth and esteem our values. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4:12 that our daily lives can “…win the respect of outsiders…” You see, when we follow the steps of Jesus, and live in harmony with the Spirit, daily respect hovers over our existence, even when others don’t admit it.
When was the last time someone asked you to “hold their money”? Granted, they may never hand over the cash, but if they can hand over their trust, the goal has been accomplished.