How Jesus is Winning the World

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.


  1. timbloedow February 23, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    In a way, this is an encouraging post, in another way, it’s very discouraging because it means that today’s backslidden, compromising church isn’t even putting out that minimum effort in devotion to God.

    • alcoramdeo February 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      Go with your first impression, Tim–
      those fellows Jared saw ARE the Church of our living Lord!
      Our hope is not in the body, but in its glorious Head, who does all things well!

      Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
      And why art thou disquieted in me?
      Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him
      for the help of His countenance.
      (Psalm 42:5 & 11)

  2. Cera McCarragher February 24, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    “You can never beat a king who wins with his pawns.”
    Love it!
    Thank you for sharing.

    It is so encouraging to see things like this. thanks for sharing!

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