A pastor in Tennessee went out of his comfort zone to live on the street as a homeless man for the will of God to be fulfilled through him.
Rev. Willie Lyle, the newly-appointed pastor at Sango United Methodist Church in Clarksville, believed God was calling him to spend four days of his life as a homeless man before his first Sunday at the new church, so that he could be more faithfully communicate to the new church plight of the “least of these” and the need for the church to be involved with the needy in his community, according to the United Methodist Reporter website.
In Willie’s dream, the Tennessean reported that God challenged him to experience firsthand just what it was like to have nothing, so that Willie can use this experience to challenge his new congregation to make a difference in the world.
“I am nothing and I am of no use to my family and others. But I was willing to do what God wanted me do,” Willie said firmly in the Tennessean's article. He challenged his congregation to live out their mission of being in service to other. “You know, life isn’t always comfortable. Jesus wasn’t comfortable on the cross,” he said.
Pastor Willie also told his new congregation in his Sunday message, “our goal should be to improve and change the lives of people as we live like Jesus. You see, we look at the outside of others and make judgments. God looks inside at our heart and sees the truth.”