The Homeless Pastor
A new pastor was coming to minister to a large church in town. No one knew him, he was a stranger to this particular town, so to see what the congregation was like, the very day he was to be introduced to that church, he transformed himself into a homeless person for a very specific purpose. He walked around his soon to be church for half an hour while it was filling with people for service. Only 3 people out of the 7000-10,000 people even said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food, but no one in the church gave him change! He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please move to the back. He greeted people, only to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks; with people looking down on him in judgment.
As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation.
"We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek." The congregation looked around in anticipation to the new man that would be their spiritual leader. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle towards the front. It was obvious there was a change in that building. The joy and exuberance ceased and ALL eyes rested on him. He walked up to the altar and took the microphone from the elders, who were party to the happenings, paused for a moment, then he recited:
“Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me.
“Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungered, and fed thee, or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in, or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.”
After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all that he had experienced that morning. Many heads were bowed in shame. He then went on to add, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will you decide to become disciples?” Upon those words his very short but profound sermon was finished, and he then dismissed the service until the following week. Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It's something you live by and share with others.