The Homeless Beggar (An Interesting Short Story)

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured below) 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 in 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 Matthew  25:34-40

“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 hungred, 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 hungred, 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 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. We need to be more sensitive to the Spirit of God and
more sensitive to the needs of the poor, the suffering and the needy for in this way many have welcomed Angels without knowing.

“… I am an unprofitable servant: I have done that which was my duty to do.” (Luke 17:10b)


5 thoughts on “The Homeless Beggar (An Interesting Short Story)

  1. I have to agree with Brother Jay as this is where I found it and it is awesome and yet a real indictment of the church in general today. My prayer is always that the Lord would open our eyes, and extend our reach outside the four walls of so many of our “brick and mortar” churches. We were told to GO OUT into the world, not to entice people to COME HERE and only then can we help you! Awesome, powerful message! How often in truth has this happened? I’ll bet many, many times. Lord, forgive us, strengthen us, melt our hardened hearts and allow your Holy Spirit access that we ALL might be worthy vessels of yours!!! God bless for your heart of service (ministry) and I pray He brings many here to be inspired!!


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