May I See the Custodian?

Did you know?  In a good church that teaches from the Bible, it’s not just the pastor who has a strong faith in God. The other workers, even the custodians are committed to Jesus Christ.

One late afternoon a man walked into a church office asking to see the pastor.
The secretary told him the pastor had already left for the day.  Would he like to schedule an appointment?

The man explained that his wife left him and had taken the kids.  He was depressed and desperate for answers.  Then he asked permission to quietly sit in the sanctuary for a few minutes.

The custodian was working in the sanctuary when he noticed the man enter.  He gave a friendly wave and smiled from a distance. The man sat quietly for awhile.  Finally the custodian went over and asked if he could sit with him. The man nodded and they sat quietly together.

Little by little the man began to tell his sad story while the custodian listened.  He didn’t have answers, but he did tell him about the love of Jesus.  He said, “You’re going through a crisis and I believe that a crisis never leaves us where it finds us. We either pull away from God or we draw nearer to Him. I believe you are here because God is drawing you to Himself.”

The next day the man returned to the church. The secretary asked if he’d like to see the pastor.  He said, “No thank you.  But if it’s possible, may I see the custodian?  He was a great encouragement to me yesterday.”

  •  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.     Colossians 3:12
  • No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.    John 6:44


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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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12 Responses to May I See the Custodian?

  1. Mark Luker says:

    very good story – and it’s probably true!

  2. Roy says:

    I liked this story — I can see something like this happening in my church! GBY!

  3. Gloria Harmon says:

    It’s true that we all have something to contribute when we cross paths
    with someone in need, in spite of our experience, status or age…
    especially because it’s a divine appointment in time set by God!

  4. Bob Jackson says:

    Great post and a great web site!
    “The other workers, even the custodians are committed to Jesus Christ.” When you say “other workers” it immediately brings to mind the concept that other workers includes every single member. Thanks again for the post and the website.

  5. Carol says:

    I loved this story and posted the link on my Facebook page.

  6. Frank King says:

    Thanks for sharing Kathleen. This post is evidence that God can use any of His people if they make themselves available. Some church members are quick to invite a hurting lost person to church so they can talk to their pastor. But God is not only using the pastor to minister to and reach the lost.

  7. This is so very true!! Well done!

  8. Yelena says:

    Great story. God can use anyone for his glory.

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