His name is Joe

His name is Joe. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it,
jeans, and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire
four years of college.

He is brilliant. Kind of profound and very, very bright. He became a
Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative
church. They want to develop a ministry to the students but are not
sure how to go about it.

One day Joe decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his
T-shirt, and wild hair. The service has already  started and so Joe
starts down the aisle looking for a seat.

The church is completely packed and he can’t find a seat. By now,
people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says
anything.

Joe gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit, and when he
realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet.

By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.

About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of
the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Joe.

Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a
three-piece suit. A godly man,  very elegant, very dignified, very
courtly.  He walks with a cane and, as he starts walking toward this
boy, everyone is saying to themselves that you can’t blame him for
what he’s going to do.

How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to
understand some college kid on the floor?

It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy.

The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man’s cane.

All eyes are focused on him. You can’t even hear anyone breathing. The
minister can’t even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he
has to do.

And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the  floor. With
great difficulty, he lowers himself and sits down next to Joe and
worships with him so he won’t be alone.

Everyone chokes up with emotion…

When the minister gains control, he says,

‘What I’m about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just
seen, you will never forget.’

‘Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read!’

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