When God visited a Church on a Sunday morning

One Sunday God decided to visit a small church in Pennsylvania to see what kind of people were coming to His house to worship Him.

Pray that God does not find lukewarm people inside your fellowship.

Views from Jerusalem

By Aaron Hecht

The sign on the church said that services started at 10:00, so He got there at 9:30 just to make sure He would get a good seat.

But as it got closer to 10:00, He realized that He had been needlessly worried.  The church was less then half full and all the people that were there were sitting in the not-so-good seats in the back.  He was all alone in the front row, which is where the best seats are because that’s the best place to hear clearly what the pastor is saying during the message.

At 10:10 the pastor, who had apparently been waiting to see if a few more people would come in before starting, gave a small shrug and told the music director to start the worship songs. The songs were beautiful but God noticed that some people weren’t singing along and others were simply singing along without really thinking about the words very much.

After the worship, everyone sat down and the pastor made a few announcements about Bible study and prayer meetings, as well as a trip for the children’s group to the city zoo. When he asked for volunteers to help with these activities, God couldn’t help but notice that the pastor’s wife and a mother of several children who was always volunteering for things were the only ones who raised their hands, and very few people had written down the information about the meetings.

Then the pastor began his message, based on a passage from the Old Testament. God was very interested in the message, but He was having a hard time concentrating because there were a couple of people in the seats behind Him who were snoring. People continued to trickle in long after the pastor had begun his message and by the time he was finished the church was almost three quarters full, but God was still alone in the front row.

After church there was cookies and coffee in the lobby while the pastor and his wife stood by the door and bid people a good day as they were leaving. People were loudly talking about many things, including some things which made God very sad, but He only heard one person talking with the pastor about the message he had given.

God was greeted warmly by a few people, but most of the people either ignored Him or looked at Him out of the corners of their eyes wondering what He was doing there.

While He was speaking to the pastor and His wife as He got ready to leave, a middle aged woman who had been coming to the church for many years walked up and joined the conversation.  Under her arm was a well worn Bible, the gold coating around the edges long gone, the pages dog eared and a bit tattered in places, with notes scribbled in the margins and a few precious passages underlined.

A younger woman, who was the sister of the first woman and only occasionally came to the church, walked up and looked at her older sister tiredly, finally exclaiming;

“Leah, why do you carry around that ugly old Bible?!  Why don’t you get a pretty new one like mine?”

Thinking she would impress the Pastor by doing so, she held out her Bible which had beautiful gold trimming around the pages, which were immaculate and didn’t have any scribbling on them.

God took the brand new Bible (which the woman had actually owned for many years) in His left hand and the other woman’s well worn Bible in His right hand, looked from one to the other, and then handed them back to their owners, saying;

“The Bible of Leah is not ugly. It’s one of the most beautiful Bible’s I’ve ever seen. When I see a Bible like that, it brings tears of joy to my eyes, because I know that that is a Bible which has been read!”

Now that you’ve read this little story, I have two questions for you. If God were to visit your congregation, what would He see and would it be what you’d like Him to see?

The other question is, what does your Bible look like?

Have a blessed day.

2 thoughts on “When God visited a Church on a Sunday morning

  1. My Bibles are dog eared,specific scriptures colorized, notes written up daon and sideways and so many that the weight of the ink alone makes them impossible to close.
    Since I am waiting for the manifestation of my visions restored I read online Bible so I can’t dog ear them. I do not read Bibles with mans notes because I was led a long time ago to rely upon the revelations by The Holy Spirit because too many rely upon mans thoughts and even revelations appropriate for them and or for that time but these have been used to form ‘doctrines’ and philosophies of man to which leaves an open doorway for the enemy to invade and corrupt, which has happened. These things the Apostle Paul warned us against and folks we better start heeding even though we are hundreds of years behind ib doing so!
    To answer your 2nd question, what do I want Father God to see in me? A Yielded Vessel too HIM.

    1. Dear Gracie.

      Shalom, and thanks for this comment.

      My Bible got wet in the rains, so the colors are everywhere. I keep it with me wherever I go, feel naked without it. Its my 12th Bible. The other 11 are in my book shelf, for references and cross checking. To speed up my work, I also use the Online Bible. My favorite is http://www.biblegateway.com/

      Since I do like the believer’s at….

      Acts 17:11
      Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

      ….the scriptures have entered into my heart. From there The Holy Spirit reminds me of scriptures all day long, and tells me to be a doer of the Gospel.

      James 1:23-24 
      Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

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