Story: The dead evangelist in choir robe


Brother Clifford made it a duty upon himself that come rain or shine, he will be at the Train Station distributing Gospel Tracts to passengers as they board or leave the train! This he did faithfully for several years!

One day at the church service after a rendition by the choir members in church, the choir was appreciated, praised and given a standing ovation! Brother Clifford, instead of being happy for them was very sad! He thought his soul winning efforts was not being acknowledged, rewarded or recognised by the church members and ministers!

He also noticed that nobody from the station has met him to say thank you for what he has been faithfully doing over the years!

Brother Cliffird decided to abandon the trips to the Train Station! Instead he joined the choir and started singing with them. To his utter surprise, he was warmly welcomed. He discovered also that very soon, he was singing and receiving standing ovations. He concluded in his mind he had just made the right decision!

One day, he sang Psalms 23 as a solo chorister and by the time he finished singing, the whole church including the pastoral team and the elders were on their feet clapping and giving him a standing ovation!

Suddenly there arose an old man, a stranger in the midst of the congregation who asked to sing the same song while the church was still on their feet clapping for the soloist!

Against protocol, the pastor cynically allowed the old man to sing!

By the time the old man finished singing, the whole church was on their knees, some weeping, others praying for mercy and repentance!

That day, there was no more sermon but an altar call. With sinners giving their lives and backsliders returning to their first love and the whole church rededicating its life to Jesus Christ.

Brother Clifford, the evangelist in choir robe, felt a deep hole in his heart. He felt empty! He saw the difference between entertainment for the appreciation of men and the ministration for the appreciation of heaven. He left the church with a heavy heart.

Without thinking of removing his choir robe, he headed for the Train Station empty handed as if in a trance! Getting there, he met a man in the same spot where he used to stand to distribute gospel leaflets before. The man was distributing gospel tracts and handed him one. The Tract read “I WILL BE A FAITHFUL SOLDIER, I WILL DIE AT MY POST”. It ended asking, “are you a faithful witness of the WORD?”

With tears in his eyes and a shaky voice, he asked the man how he came to start distributing the tracts at the spot in the Train Station! The busy man, not looking at him, told him of a dead man who used to come there come rain and shine to distribute tracts! And that for months, the man had not been there. He told him that he believed and concluded the man must be dead! He said the dead man once gave him a tract that changed his commitment to Christ. And since the man was dead, he felt God wanted him to replace the dead man to continue the good work in the memory of the dead man.

The man kept emphasising, “The Dead Man, The Dead Man” which further sent Brother Clifford back to his knees weeping and asking for God’s forgiveness.

If you are still reading this believe me, God has set you up to read it because He has a purpose for your life.

Have you left your assignment because of some discouragements from cynics and critics?

Have you abandoned the unheard, unseen and unsung praises of heaven for the standing ovation of men?

Are you like the evangelist in choir robe? Or are you like the singer singing to entertain in church. The place of entertainment is the theatre and not the church!

The church is for ministration in the Spirit by Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth!


Published by Ernest I.

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