This summer, I had the privilege of visiting the home of German World War II General Heinz Guderian, located in Borne Sulinowo, PL (when it was a German army base). Guderian pioneered armed warfare (the use of tanks in war), mechanized the Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces), and was a highly successful commander of panzer forces in several military campaigns.
It struck me, as I meandered around this old German stronghold this past August, that there was some ironic symbolism in what I found. As Guderian’s former and rather opulent villa now lies in ruins, so also do his contributions to a madman’s quest to take over the world.
I thought of kingdoms past and kingdoms present that have had their dreams of world domination dashed against the rocks of adversity. Whereas once they appeared splendorous and untouchable, now they are like Guderian’s villa, shadows of their former selves.
Then, I thought of God’s kingdom. It came when Jesus came. It is hardly opulent. In fact, to most it isn’t even noticeable. But it is here . . . and it will never deteriorate. Quite to the contrary, the King of this kingdom will one day rule and reign universally.
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (According to the Bible, Philippians 2:9-11)
I don’t know if Guderian ever thought about God’s role on this earth, or in his life. I do know that he spent time in prison after the war for his efforts to bring mayhem to the world.
I know something else, also; of all the kingdoms that have ever been, or ever shall be, there is none better to be a part of than God’s. Becoming a part of God’s kingdom comes when we surrender our lives to Christ.
If you are not certain whether you have yet done this with your life, let me urge you to do so. If we can help you in the process, give us a call (320-286-2662). It would be a pleasure to help you become a part of this kingdom that shall never end.