On my way home from work the other day I decided to get a coffee. Pulling into the parking lot of a popular Coffee shop and making my approach to the drive-thru, I found myself nose to nose with a truck which was also turning into the drive-thru at the same time from the opposite direction.
We stared each other down for about three or four seconds (which seemed like an eternity) before the person in the truck must have realized that although “technically” I began my approach about a millisecond sooner, and was coming in from the “normal” direction (he was coming from around the back), I was letting him go first.
When I pulled up to the drive-thru window, the employee handed me my coffee, and as I reached out to pay for it he informed me that the man in the truck had already done so.
It happened yesterday and I’m still blow-away. The man in the truck did exactly the opposite of what society teaches us to do, which reminds me a little bit of the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is the Great Reversal of the order of this world. Don’t take the head of the table, Jesus tells us, but take the foot and offer the head to the little guy. Don’t pray in public for all too see, go find a closet. In my Kingdom, Jesus says, only the last come in first place.
What is Kingdom living in a fallen world?
Kingdom living is buying coffee for a stranger you never meet.