The story is told of an elderly woman who visited a local church one day. When the service drew to a close, this elderly woman in her worn and tattered clothes went forward in order to become a member. The preacher listened to her tell him that she believed in Christ and wanted to be baptized. He also found out that she was still and had been a cleaning woman all of her life.
The preacher thought, “She is so disheveled and she even has a foul odor about her, she cleans toilets for a living – what would the members think of her.” He told her that she needed to go home and pray about it for a while before she was baptized. The next week, here she came again during the invitation. She told the preacher that she had prayed about it and still wanted to be baptized. But the preacher told her to go home and pray some more.
A few weeks later the preacher ran across the elderly woman while out doing some errands. He did not want her to know that he did not want her to join so he asked her why she hadn’t been at church for awhile. “Is everything alright?” he asked her.
“Oh, yes,” she said. “I talked with Jesus, and he told me not to worry about becoming a member of your church.”
“He did?” said the preacher a little taken aback.
“That’s right,” she replied. “Jesus said even He hasn’t been able to get into your church, and He’s been trying for years.