Breakfast With Jesus

My wife gave me a short list of things she wanted me to stop and get on the way home from the gym this morning and as I was standing in front of the deli case a tall slender man in a very heavy and dirty duster like coat that had a very distinct smell to it walked past me. The hood pretty much covered his face but I could tell he had a beard. As he walked to the other end of the store I watched numerous employees keeping and eye on him. A few moments later a store manager confronted the stranger and they walked towards the front of the store together.

After I checked out I headed for the door when I noticed the man in the long coat was now siting at a table inside the store drinking a cup of coffee. I could smell him long before I passed by. He looked like he had been up all night and was freezing and now just trying to stay warm. After I loaded my groceries in the truck I felt the Lord leading me to go back and see if I could be of help. I introduced my self and asked him his name to which he replied, “spirit of truth”. I said, “oh I see” and then asked him if he had any other names like Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John and he smiled and said, “no” just “spirit of truth”. I then asked if he was hungry and he said “yes” and when I asked him what he would like since we were in a grocery store, he said “anything you buy I’ll eat.”  

As I walked away to get him a hot breakfast sandwich I couldn’t help think of the words of Hebrews 13:2 that exhorts us, “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it.” And just as quickly Jesus own words came to mind from Matthew 25 regarding the final judgment, “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” As the needs in our world grow greater with each passing day so do our opportunities to serve the Lord. Or maybe better put to actually serve the Lord thinking its someone else. Who knows, if we are fortunate enough we might even have the privilege of buying Jesus breakfast, or in my case, “the spirit of truth.”


Michael Osthimer





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