He walked around his soon to be (large) church while it was filling with people. Only 3 people said hello to him. He asked some for change to buy food – no one gave him any. He went to sit down at the front and was asked by the ushers to sit at the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks.
Thirty minutes into the Service, one of the elders (who was in on this) went up to introduce their new pastor. The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting at the back stood up. As he started to walk down the aisle, the clapping stopped. He took the microphone, paused for a moment and then recited from Matt 25,
“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’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you … a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe 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.’ “
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?”
(The historical reliability of this story seems yet to be substantiated)