Can you be trusted with a quarter? A church secretary spent her summer vacation at the beach. As she lay on the sand soaking up the sunlight, a little boy walked up to her. He asked, “Say, Miss, do you believe in God?”

Surprised at the question, she answered, “I certainly do. I believe in God with all my heart.”

“Well, do you go to church every Sunday?”

“I certainly do. I go to church every Sunday.”

“Do you read your Bible every day?”

“I do, Son. I read my Bible every day.”

“Good.” The child pulled a shiny coin from his swimsuit pocket and asked, “Will you hold my quarter? I’m going to take a swim.”

Would the child be able to trust you with his quarter? Before salvation all are dead in sins. We are born in sin. We exhibit sin. Our wicked hearts are deceitful and seared by sin. We are spiritually lame individuals who cannot walk with God.

Once we consider the nature of our natures, it might make us wary of ever trusting anyone. How can we ever get to the point where a child can trust us with his quarter? 1 Corinthians 6:11 gives the answer: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Salvation brings instant cleansing and healing to our souls. It transforms us into children of God with a new nature and purpose in life. We ought never again to live as the cripples we were. That means others should be able to put confidence in our integrity.

I hope you are living up to your Christian name today. You never know when someone might ask you to hold their quarter.

There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity. — Tom Peters

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.