It was a tiny, common thing yet it made my heart soar. The other morning I had time to read and write at a local coffee shop before heading to the office. A couple of Chinese students came in with their Bibles, obviously heading for an early-morning Bible study. It was good to see them there. A couple minutes later an Indian student arrived, looking around intently for his friends. Finally, a skinny white guy came to meet with the previous three. Four men studying the Bible together early in the morning. Like I said, nothing uncommon or extraordinary.
But here’s the thought that filled my heart with joy: this is how Jesus is building his kingdom. This is how the gospel overtakes the world. While nations rage and kings rebel against Him, Jesus is winning His world to Himself in the most common, least extraordinary ways possible. Through quiet, Bible-saturated conversations at coffee shops. Through very short, very plain times of family worship. Through sleepy sermons. Through prayers no one else will ever know about.
Gather your weapons, stir up your revolutions. Grit your teeth and look mean. You can never beat a king who wins with his pawns.