You Took My Place
This should wake us up. One day, a man went to visit a church. He got there early, parked his car and got out. Another car pulled up near the driver got out and said, "I always park there! You took my place!" The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, "That's my seat! You took my place!" The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.
After Sunday School, the visitor went into the sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, "That's where I always sit! You took my place!" The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still said nothing.
Later as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood up, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandal ed feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, "What happened to you?" The visitor replied, as his hat became a crown of thorns, and a tear fell from his eye, "I took your place!"
This was a short writing I came across about 5 years ago . It touched me deeply ! It really reminds you what our churches have become today , and how God just is not welcome anymore ! In your life , how many times have you met, " Jesus In Disguise " , and turned the other way , was rude to them or worse , Indifferent to their plight ! God help us to be more like Jesus and less like ourselves...
Pastor John Pusateri.