Wednesday, October 16, 2013

THE NEW PASTOR

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into
a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to
be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around
his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people
for service....only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to
him. He asked people for change to buy food....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 sit n
the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty
looks, with people looking down on him and judging him. 

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church
announcements and such. 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 clapping with joy
and anticipation.....The homeless man sitting in the back stood
up.....and started walking down the aisle.....the clapping stopped
with ALL eyes on him....he walked up the altar and took the
microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a
moment....then he recited

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are
blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for
you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me
something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I
was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you
clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and
you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord,
when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you
something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in,
or needing clothes and clothe you… when did we see you sick or in
prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of
the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told
them all what he had experienced that morning...many began to cry and
many heads were bowed in shame.... he then said....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?
 
He then dismissed service until next
week.......
Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It's
something you live by and share with others.    


 

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