For the Glory of God

For the Glory of God

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Today, the Grand Cathedral of Cologne rises majestically over that northern German city. This magnificent, breathtaking structure once was thought to be the tallest building in Europe. It remains the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spires.

The Cathedral itself is a testimony to persistence. In fact, when it was dedicated (on this day in 1880) it had been under construction for more than 600 years.

Construction began in 1248 on a site where an older church had been destroyed by fire. (Churches had existed on the site for more than 900 years.) Facing political and social problems, construction was halted in 1473. For years, there was no change, and the uncompleted building remained a source of uncertainty. (In the late eighteenth century, troops of the French Revolution used the cathedral as a stable and a hay barn.)

Finally, restoration work began in the 1820s, with a commitment to complete the original design. When the Cathedral finally was completed, it was dedicated at a ceremony attended by Emperor Wilhelm I.

But the drama has continued. The Cathedral was damaged in air raids in 1944 and suffered from the impact of acid rain. Once again, the church has been repaired. It continues to be a repository of glorious treasures, including priceless paintings, sculptures, and stained glass windows.

Visitors may be reminded of other great buildings throughout history, starting with Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. Like the Cologne Cathedral, this glorious structure required massive amount of work and great persistence. When completed, that persistence was rewarded with an awe-inspiring building to the glory of God.

In your life, remember the importance of being persistent. Don’t let setbacks and distractions keep you from completing the work that God has called you to do. And look for opportunities to do magnificent things for His glory.