An Orphan boy lived in Chicago, Illinois. He lived on the streets. He heard that Dwight L. Moody was going to be speaking across town that evening. He started out. He grabbed an apple to eat on the way. He walked through the streets, avoided the gutters, and finally as the sun was going down, he arrived at the church. The lights were on, and it looked welcoming and warm inside.
He walked up the big steps and a tall man said, “Where are you going?”
The boy said, “I’ve come to hear D.L. Moody. I have walked all the way across town to get here.”
The tall man said, ” You’re not going inside. You are too dirty and smelly.” He pushed the little boy off the porch.
Determined, the little boy walked around the church seeking a way in. The windows were too far off the ground and the other door was locked. He circled the building. He could not get in.
So, he sat down on the front steps and began to cry. A carriage pulled up. A man in a tall beaver hat and dark coat stepped out and walked up the stairs. He asked the little boy, “What is the matter?”
The boy said, “I’ve walked all the way across town to hear D.L.Moody. The tall man said I was too dirty!”
The man in the beaver hat extended his big hand to the boy and said, ” Put your little hand in mine.” The doors of the Church flew open as the little boy and D.L. Moody walked to the front of the church. He sat the boy in the front row, took off his coat and stepped to the podium to speak.
All of us come to Jesus, dirty, yet when we call on his Name, the doors of Heaven are thrown open for us to enter to live with Him.
This story was told to me.