The book ReJesus relays a story told by Tony Campolo. Campolo tells of a drunk who was miraculously converted at the Bowery mission in New York City. Campolo’s story goes like this: The drunk, Joe, was known throughout the Bowery as the worst kind of wino, a hopeless derelict of a man, living on borrowed time. But following his conversion, following him accepting Christ, everything changed. Joe became the most caring person that anyone associated with the mission had ever known. He spent his days and nights hanging out at the mission doing even the lowliest of jobs. He mopped up disgusting messes and cleaned up the drunks no matter what their condition. He considered nothing too demeaning for him.
One evening when the mission director was delivering the evening evangelistic message to the usual crowd of still and sullen men, their heads hung in penitence and exhaustion, there was one man who looked up, came down the aisle to the altar and bowed to pray. He cried out to God to help him to change. The repentant drunk kept shouting, “Oh God, make me like Joe! Make me like Joe! Make me like Joe!” The director of the mission leaned over and said to the man, “Son, I think it would be better if you prayed, ‘Make me like Jesus.’” The man looked up at the director with a quizzical expression on his face and asked, “Is he like Joe?”