September 21, 2009
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. Matthew 6:13b (KJV)
This devotion is about power.
And it's not just about any kind of power, mind you. This devotion is about mini-power -- Volkswagen-generated mini-power.
In an effort to decentralize the nation's electrical dependency from its major power plants, Germany has come up with an idea. That country has decided it wants to put up to 100,000 natural-gas-powered Volkswagen Rabbit engines into people's basements.
Why would the German government want to do such a thing?
That's simple: these engines, with minor modifications, would become generators. These basement generators would have the ability to offset the need for two nuclear power plants.
Along with that, the decentralization would make it more difficult for terrorists to disrupt the grid. At the same time, it would allow for quicker recovery if a portion of the system ever went down.
On paper the arrangement seems to be quite attractive.
If it works, it won't be too long before others will copy Germany's success. I can see it now: Hyundai-powered homes and Corvette condominiums.
Of course, when it comes to our salvation, there is no alternative plan that can save us. Jesus remains the only Redeemer, the only rescuer, the only restorer of this sad, sinful world.
It is the Savior's sacrifice -- His life, His suffering, death, and resurrection that forgives sins and moves believers from hell to heaven.
Jesus is a unique plan; He is a gracious plan; He is God's all-powerful plan.
And because He is so very special, the saints of Revelation say, "Now the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come" (Revelation 12:10b).
And I join with those saints in giving thanks.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, only in Your innocent suffering and death, only through Your glorious and gracious resurrection do I see the power that can forgive sins and adopt transgressors into the family of faith. May my heart be filled with thanks for what You have done for the world in general and me in particular. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries