Business As Usual

Matthew 24:  MSG
36  “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.
37  “The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah’s.
38  Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark.
39  They knew nothing—until the flood hit and swept everything away. “The Son of Man’s Arrival will be like that:

Days seem to meld together as I live my life.  Routine turns to a stale rut.

Every morning the sun rises in the east and as it does alarm clocks start to ring announcing a new day.  Mom gets up and begins to wake the children to start the morning routine of getting them ready for school.

Meanwhile dad is in the washroom preparing for his day as he begins another day of work.

Traffic in the streets begins to get congested with those going to their daily jobs, school buses delivering children to school.  On the sidewalks other children walking towards their school.

Merchants arrive at their stores preparing them for another day of business.  Staff arrive to take their place on the sales floor readying themselves to meet the customers to meet their needs.

Then just like how people busied themselves for the start of the day they then find it is time to start their evening duties.  Schools let out and children head for home.  Mom and dad arrive, mom heads to the kitchen to start the evening meal and children sit at the table to work on home work.  Dad finds tasks around the home that he must attend to.

The sun begins to set in the west announcing the end of another day.  Soon, darkness arrives as the sky lights up with light from the moon.

So it is with the message of the second coming of Jesus Christ.  I have heard this glorious message ever since I was old enough to form memories.  There have been times when I would think, ‘here we go again’ and ask within myself if this event would ever happen.  Somehow along the way the message has lost it’s urgency.

This is just what life was like during the days of Noah.  God spoke to Noah and warned him that it will soon begin to rain, and then a flood would destroy all life that was not on the ark.  Noah was told to begin building an ark.  God gave him the dimensions of the ark and the material to use in building it.  Also, to start to gather two of every species.

The community began to notice that Noah was building something.  I am sure they asked Noah what he was doing.  Noah would give the people the answer that he was building an ark because God was going to flood the earth.  Their response was laughter and mocking, for they had never even seen rain.

Days turned into years and then years into decades.  Decades into over a century.  

Noah kept warning the people about the flood and that everyone not on the ark would be destroyed.

They soon became unaffected by the preaching of Noah.  They went about their life and daily routines.  People continued to be married, giving birth to children, continuing with riotous living.

Yet Noah not being deterred from what God had commanded him to build.  Eventually God gave the command to enter into the ark with his family and all other living species and close the door.

Soon the sky took on a onimous character, clouds began to roll in from all directions and the first drops of rain began to fall.

Over time rivers and oceans began to overflow and the land was starting to be completely immersed in water.  The water levels rose and as they did the ark began to float.

The events that Noah warned the people about started to happen.  Outside the ark people began to panic pounding on the ark yelling at Noah to let them in.  No response from within the boat.

Men, women, boys and girls soon lost their life as they drowned in the never ceasing rain.  It rained for forty days and nights.

The only life left unscathed from the flood was found on the ark, all other life on earth destroyed.  If only the people would have heeded the warning, but, instead continued on in the lives with business as usual.

The body of Christ has seen to have become tone deaf to the message of the second coming of Christ.  Pastors and leaders seem to compete with one another to see who can build the bigger church building.  They continue with business as usual with their fund raising and other aspects that they feel is part of a ministry.

During the week preparing to deliver a sermon to those gathered in their stain glassed sanctuaries.  It is business as usual as the choir assembles in their place in the choir loft.  The children are gathered together in another area of the building for what is called Sunday School or children’s church.

All around the world messages are preached on how to feel good, how to improve your self esteem.  Yes, it is business as usual as preachers, teachers, evangelists, and others tell people how God wants them to be wealthy.  It is business as usual every sermon speaks of anything except that Christ is coming back for a bride without spot or wrinkle in it’s wedding garment.

Ephesians 5:27 KJV
27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

No alarm is being sounded for the body of Christ to get the lamps all trimmed and buring full of oil.  It’s business as usual just like the five foolish virgins.

Matthew 25:1-10 MSG
“God’s kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom.
2  Five were silly and five were smart.
3  The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil.
4  The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps.
5  The bridegroom didn’t show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep.
6  “In the middle of the night someone yelled out, ‘He’s here! The bridegroom’s here! Go out and greet him!’
7  “The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready.
8  The silly virgins said to the smart ones, ‘Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil.’
9  “They answered, ‘There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.’
10  “They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked.

If we continue as business as usual we just may be caught short handed without our lamps ready when the bridegroom arrives.  It will then be too late, too late to buy oil for our lamps, too late to make sure our wedding garments are without any spot, wrinkle or blemish.

The body of Christ needs to stop their business as usual.  Those in the pulpits need to start sounding the alarm because Christ will soon be on our doorsteps.  We cannot continue as business as usual or we will miss the marriage supper of the lamb.

 

 

 

 

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