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Business As Usual

"[When I return] the world will be [as indifferent to the things of God] as the people were in Noah's day.

They ate and drank and married-- everything just as usual right up to the day when Noah went into the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all.

And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot: people went about their daily business-- eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building-- until the morning Lot left Sodom.

Then fire and brimstone rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be 'business as usual' right up to the hour of My return.

Those away from home that day must not return to pack; those in the fields must not return to town-- remember what happened to Lot's wife! Whoever clings to his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall save it." (Luke 17:26-33, TLB)

It will be business as usual right up to the hour of the return of the Lord! The world will be as indifferent to the things of God as the people were in Noah's days.

Indifference and insensitivity are a standard of our days. When we call any company today, it would be a marvel if we were welcomed by a human being and not an answering machine. With the advance of communication technology, the relational gaps between human beings have not been really enhanced or improved. In fact, human gaps have widened.

Mass communication through TV, newspapers and Internet has caused many to grow weary and insensitive to the news and the people in pain. Acquired information only satisfies the minds and brains, but never the hearts of men.

In our world today, human beings have become human resources; children, elderly men and women have become liabilities instead of assets. Many people has no higher calling than just working for a living and keeping their jobs.

BUT God is raising up a different standard! Being the King of kings, He became a Servant, Who came to serve and not to be served. Likewise, His standard that He set upon Himself is the same standard He is raising today against worldly standards.

In Isaiah 49:22-23(NKJ), concerning the Jews returning to Israel (Aliyah), God declares:

"Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations, and set up My standard for the peoples; they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders; kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers; they shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet.

Then you will know that I am the LORD, for they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me."

Yes, "kings" and "queens" will foster and nurse their children, bringing their sons in their arms and carrying their daughters on their shoulders. That's true royal priesthood in motion. Nothing less than an excellent royal treatment. No haphazardness nor short change, but with a true compassion genuinely caring for the people and their needs. I have personally witnessed a few successful CEOs who previously managed big corporations and now becoming social workers attending to the poor and the needy. Some of them have given up their titles and prestige, becoming unknown heroes to serve the Lord in places nobody want to go.

On the other hand, when we begin to view the kings and queens of our current world, many of them are in a very sad state. Some have lost our respect and admiration, and some had fallen into disgrace. But God is raising up a standard against this! His original requirements and qualifications of kings listed in Deuteronomy 17:14-20 still prevail:

"When you arrive in the land the Lord your God will give you, and have conquered it, and begin to think, 'We ought to have a king like the other nations around us'--be sure that you select as king the man the Lord your God shall choose. He must be an Israelite, not a foreigner.

Be sure that he doesn't build up a large stable of horses for himself, nor send his men to Egypt to raise horses for him there, for the Lord has told you, 'Never return to Egypt again.' He must not have too many wives, lest his heart be turned away from the Lord, neither shall he be excessively rich.

And when he has been crowned and sits upon his throne as king, then he must copy these laws from the book kept by the Levite-priests. That copy of the laws shall be his constant companion. He must read from it every day of his life so that he will learn to respect the Lord his God by obeying all of his commands. This regular reading of God's laws will prevent him from feeling that he is better than his fellow citizens.

It will also prevent him from turning away from God's laws in the slightest respect and will ensure his having a long, good reign. His sons will then follow him upon the throne." (TLB)

The king must copy himself the laws of the Lord from the book kept by the priests. He has to meditate upon it every day of his life! This will keep himself humble, having the fear of the Lord. With the laws of God in his heart, he will love God and people genuinely and passionately.

God has made us His "kings and priests" in His kingdom of love (Rev. 1:5-6; 5:9-10). We are called to be a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that we may proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy (1 Peter 2:9-10).

As kings and priests, we must first minister to God before we can minister to people. We must serve God and then people with all our heart, soul and spirit, and with all our might and strength. Flowing out of true devotion and adoration towards God, in everything we do, we do it as unto Him!

The world will be doing their business as usual. But what are we to do? We must do our Father's business as usual; Him serving us, we serving them! With a personal royal holy touch!

Re-edited On:
9 December 2005