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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 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 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:
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“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?”
Pastor Jeremiah Steepek then dismissed service until the upper week.
Dear reader, What does this story teach you?


  1. Reblogged this on JmadReflects and commented:
    This got to me….. Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. How often have I turned a blind eye to a beggar? We’ve become so doctrinal and Jesus came for a relationship. I’m guilty too. May we practice true religion which is reaching out to. Inspiring piece.

    1. While this article still keeps me sober. It is also important not to over look at the other side of it. No matter how thin a slice is, there are always two sides to it. A good number of people (including myself) have actually gotten into bigger troubles in the attempt to help people. And this can be worrisome.

      Also most beggars in our society today are core Muslims (practicing their religion which involves begging). After giving them they take the items/money to the imam that prays (specifically to send any course back to you and they retain the blessing). I stopped giving mairuwa, shoe shinners etc my clothes after I learnt this. Truth is – we must be as wise as serpent to live in our 2day’s society. However, I am deeply touched by this article as this directly concerns a beggar in church! I wonder what my reaction would have been to this Pastor. May God help me! Thanks 4sharing!

  2. We call ourselves christians but we don’t practice what we preach. Discrimination,neglect,judging another isn’t christianity.. Christianity is LOVE.. What a shame to that congregation.

  3. A shepherd must dismiss this by doing the wrong thing , first the house of God house of prayer is not to do business and begging for personal gain is not right, because the offering is collected here is for use in ministry. Second was presented inappropriately dressed , 22:11 And remember that when the king came in to see the guests , he saw there a man who was not wearing wedding clothes .
    22:12 And he said unto him, Friend , how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment ? And he was speechless .
    22:13 Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot , and cast him into outer darkness : there shall be weeping and gnashing of dientes.Mateo 22:11-13 . Third is a liar fool a congregation by posing as a beggar when he was not. Fourth is judging the people who are taking powers of God. Finally you have to make a psychological study this man , why who happens to appear dressed like that in a meeting where is God who through the preacher to a people who need spiritual direction and directed the preacher who is not really talk to those people.

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