CHRIST in Us

It’s Christmas. How much of Christ is in us? How much of Christ do we show others? How much of Christ’s words do we live?

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 that morning. He walked around the church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service in which only 3 people out of the about 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 only 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.

It’s not late yet. YOU can decide today to become disciples of Christ.

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About sallysuccess

Of Cameroonian nationality, holder of a B.Sc. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea. Reading and writing, positive talking and excellence are pleasures. Believes everyone can positively impact the world, even from a small corner of the globe. Strives to be a blessing to someone, somehow, somewhere. A lover of Christ; Bishop of my soul. As prized as you are, I'll let you decide "about me".

Posted on December 20, 2016, in Christmas, compassion, On Christianity, On Church, On Giving, On Lifestyle, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This insightful and thought-provoking piece moved me deeply to tears. I too have been in a church where the homeless and the poor have been judged. I experienced that in my journey with poverty. I was looked upon with disdain as I tried to exchange the remaining amount on my phone card for a bus token to go home to the room in shared accommodation I had. A trusted friend said to two of my other dear friends, “You have to stop helping Kevin. He’s lazy.” The truth of the matter was I had the undiagnosed extremely rare auto immune disease of mastocytosis roaring like a lion. It affects my energy and overall health. Another trusted friend looked at me with disgust as she said, “Are you ever going to work again?”

    Thanks be to God I am working for the Lord! Karen and I are being used by Him to lead others to inner healing in His counselling practice. I will be continuing with my graduate and doctoral studies in counselling, theology and psychology in the new year. I believe He is calling me to be a psychologist, pastor to the pastors, professor and chaplain. Karen says being pastor to the pastors is my main calling. I thank Him for how far He has been healing me within from my PTSD from my abuse from my schizophrenic father and brought me far from when I was on welfare.

    It must grieve God’s heart how there are many who judge others by their appearance. My response to that is this:

    “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

    We who follow Christ are all on a journey of being perfected further in love. God will forgive those who treated this pastor horribly if they confess their sin, and seek to be better people for Him. We all fall short of where God wants us to be, In His love for us He loves us when we fall short of the mark of having Christ’s love within us. We cab carry prejudice in our hearts without being aware of it. We say, “Oh, I wouldn’t do that to anyone. Then, our Father points out to us where we still need to mature in faith and the depth of our love for others who aren’t part of the in crowd.

    Thank you for sharing this challenging piece. You are a gifted communicator of God’s Truth with a sensitive soul for the suffering of others. May the Lord send His richest blessings to you and your family not just during this Christmas season but always!

    I pray I see more pieces from you. You are a blessing to this group.

    It is a joy to know you!

    Kevin

  2. Thank you Kevin.
    As you rightly say, our hearts sometimes bear prejudice without us knowing,even so, none is righteous. No, not one.
    But, as you’ve also rightly said, “We who follow Christ are all on a journey of being perfected further in love”, in the love of Christ, and love for our fellow brothers and sisters, (Humans).

    I know He is willing and able to cause His love to abound with those who dilligently seek Him and who seek to do His will. May the Lord’s richest peace be with you and Karen.

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