Sunday, July 20, 2014
A Short Story with a Funny Take on Serving Jesus, but Maybe Not So Funny
A scruffy old man was late walking into a large beautiful church. He had on the rattiest old, torn clothes, while he walked up to the front of the church, walking by nicely dressed people sitting and staring and shunning him. He reeked because he was homeless and hadn't had a bath in a week. There were whispers of displeasure that he walked in. They all gasped at the smell and mocked his dress. The pastor was preaching eloquently, as always and suddenly stopped, as the old man made it to the altar. "May I help you? I am in the middle of a sermon old man". The old man sat right in front and listened, saying nothing. The preacher was put out and so uncomfortable, and the deacons asked the man to leave, but he continued to sit and listen. The people in the seats started to insult him and wanted him to leave, but he sat and was ready to listen to the sermon.
The preacher was indignant, all dressed in the finest suit and tie, with his hair all in place. He couldn't go on preaching. "Look mister, you don't belong here. Go find a shelter", the preacher insisted. The old man then stood up very boldly and insistently and ask what the preacher was preaching on. The preacher hesitantly told him Matthew 25:31-46. The Judgment. "May I read the passage"?, the old odorous unkempt man asked. The pastor and all the congregation laughed but let him. "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation 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; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to me.