A preacher transformed himself into a “homeless person,” at the church on the morning he would be introduced as the head pastor by church elders. He walked around for 30 minutes while it was filling with people.
He greeted people to be greeted back with stares, with people apparently judging him for his rough appearance. Three people said hello to him.
He asked people for change to buy food, but no one in the church gave him change. He sat down in the front of the church, but was told the ushers he would sit in the back.
After announcements, “We would like to introduce to you our new pastor”
The congregation clapped with joy and anticipation when the “homeless man,” walked down the aisle.
The clapping stopped with all eyes on him.
He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who knew his plan).
“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.’
When he advised them what he had experienced, 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 dismissed service until the next week.
The pastor knew that being a Christian is more than something you claim. It’s something you live by and share with others.
— Jim Misunas