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I Was Hungry…

Processed by: Helicon Filter;This story has been published on the internet before, but even if you have read it in the past, it is still worth reading again.  May our Lord bless you in your reading.

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured) 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.

The events of this story likely never happened.  But that does not make the story any less true.

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August 3, 2013 - Posted by | Christian, Discipleship, Homeless | , , ,

16 Comments »

  1. Hey John,

    I pray you had a happy thanksgiving and that you ate, laugh, cried and enjoyed all the good memories with friends, family and loved ones.
    I pray all is well with you. you came across my mind as I sat here at my computer and I felt a need to write and say hello.

    Keep in touch!
    God bless my brother!

    Debra

    Comment by Minister Aiken | December 1, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Debra,

      Alice (my wife) and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our daughter and hew friend. Preferring not to cook ourselves as that cuts us out of visitation time, we went to a favorite restaurant and enjoyed our dinner and fellowship there. Our times with family are always a blessing!

      hope that you had an enjoyable and blessed holiday as well.

      May His blessing be always upon you,
      John

      Comment by johnconstitution | December 2, 2013 | Reply

  2. Hey John.

    Just checking in with you my brother. I pray all is well.
    I hope this note find you in good health and in good spirit in the name of Jesus.

    Whatever is hapening at this time in your life, know this: “God god it! He has it in the palm of His hands. A place of safety for you and I where no man can pluck us out of His hands.

    Be encouraged my brother! This too shall pass.

    God bless!

    Debra

    Comment by Minister Aiken | October 18, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Debra,

      Thanks for stopping by! As always, your words are a real blessing to me.

      It is good to know that our God is an awesome God, that He is all powerful, and that His love for me is measured by the same scale as His love for His Son and our Lord, Jesus.

      May God continue to bless you in all that you do!
      John

      Comment by johnconstitution | October 21, 2013 | Reply

  3. Reblogged this on zukogeshini's Blog.

    Comment by zukogeshini | September 10, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you for reblogging and sharing this story with others. Isn’t this a great story? God bless!

      Comment by johnconstitution | September 10, 2013 | Reply

  4. John,

    All I could do is shed tears. It is time for the church to indeed be awaken from their sleep.

    God bless my brother.

    Debra

    Comment by Minister Aiken | August 13, 2013 | Reply

  5. This is a realistic story. A man came to our congregation one day, sat in the back and was obviously weeping. I don’t know how long he sat there with people passing by him before my husband went to talk to him. Sometimes I think we go to church to be seen rather than to learn. Thank you for a timely post.

    Comment by Julie Garro | August 10, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks for reading Julie, and for your reply. We need to be praying that the Church wake up to what Jesus commands us to be doing. Rather than going to church to be seen se should be there to equip ourselves for affecting our world for Christ.

      God bless you in all that you do for Him.
      John

      Comment by johnconstitution | August 10, 2013 | Reply

  6. If Jesus walked into a lot of Churches in his humble appearance, dirty, wearing sandles, he would not be welcomed!! Great story to remind us all that our Father lives us all the same no matter who we are, what we have done, or how we appear. It is our hearts he is concerned with and we are to be Christ like. Thank you for the reminder. Amen

    Comment by Cliff | August 4, 2013 | Reply

    • You are right Cliff, if He walked into many of our churches, Jesus would not be welcome. It is unfortunate, but sadly, true.

      I pray that God would break us of our pride and arrogance, beginning within me. I pray that He would give me a spirit of service that, if a stranger walked into our church that I would not only welcome him, but be willing to wash his feet, even as our Lord did for His disciples.

      Comment by johnconstitution | August 4, 2013 | Reply

  7. Sounds like a pastor worthy of his calling. Thanks fer sharing this story.

    Comment by libslayer2013 | August 3, 2013 | Reply

    • I pray that we could all be blessed to attend such a church. Not by finding a fellowship and changing to it, but by praying for our own fellowship that God would change it from the inside out.

      God bless you friend!

      Comment by johnconstitution | August 3, 2013 | Reply

  8. What a challenging, inspiring and edifying story with a message of transformation to God’s Church across the universe. I have printed this story to share with Church tomorrow here in Uganda, East Africa.

    Comment by Wilson Ngobi | August 3, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you for your support Wilson! As you know, I am not the author of this story, only the messenger passing it along because I found it inspiring and challenging as well.

      May those who hear this story tomorrow receive its full blessing as well. God bless!

      Comment by johnconstitution | August 3, 2013 | Reply


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