The world has seen its share of “great” civilizations. The Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Medo-Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, and the Ottomans are just a few civilizations that could be ranked as “great.” There were several that wanted to be great, but ultimately fell. In the last one hundred years, we’ve seen the fall of communist Russia, which lasted less than eighty years. Hitler’s Third Reich, which he famously proclaimed would endure a full millennium, crumbled less than twenty years after its founding. The United States could be called a “great” civilization. It is currently the oldest constitutional republic on earth, having existed in one way, shape, or form for nearly 234 years. Like all other “great” civilizations, it will decline and die (many would argue we’re already in a free fall of decline).
But there is one kingdom that will never decline. It will survive and thrive for eternity. Look at what King David writes in Psalm 145:10-13,
All Your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and Your godly ones shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
and talk of its power;
to make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
and the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The kingdom of God will go undefeated. Guaranteed.
I’m as bad as any other Christian for complaining about the church (which, I believe, Scripture equates with the kingdom’s citizens). I’m working to become a better citizen of the kingdom–a change agent of the kingdom, a follower of Jesus. Maybe instead of spending so much time whining about what’s wrong, maybe we should concentrate on what’s right and working to intentionally obey the King so that the kingdom continues expanding. Maybe we should stop theorizing and pontificating about models, theories, and philosophies so much and actually start living out the life of a kingdom citizen.
A life that starts now, and will continue when the kingdom comes in full.