Napoleon was so successful and powerful that he widely expanded his empire and was greatly admired by all leaders. However, when he reflected on his own life, he wrote the following:
“It’s amazing how my dreams, those of Caesar and those of Alexander may evaporate. However, a humble Jew can control the destiny of peoples and countries. Jesus Christ is not like any other human being. No words can compare Him to any other man. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I have established several empires. However, these were only created based on intelligence and power. Jesus alone founded His Empire on love. People are willing to sacrifice their lives for His sake.”
How often have I created an empire for myself?
How often did I have lost in foolish dreams about it!
I thought I was wise and powerful,
Only to discover my ignorance and weakness.
O Lord, grant me to unite with You.
Build Your Empire inside me.
Give me the power to defeat all evil,
And destroy Satan’s empire,
To live truthfully as a winner.
Place Your empire in my heart,
So that I may consider it my own.
I feel happy over every empire,
That You have founded in people’s lives.
Indeed, the earth and all its creatures belong to the Lord.
(1) Green, Michael P. Illustrations for Biblical Preaching. Baker Book House. 47.
My Father’s Version
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