Church on the Road
Those of you who follow me on Twitter have probably figured out that on Sunday morning, I will be posting something regarding church. I suppose some people roll their eyes while others reply to the tweet with nice words. The reason I mention church so much is…are you ready for it…attention.
I don’t mean the kind of attention that screams ‘hey look at me.’ The attention I hope to garner is not for my own pride. Instead I hope people will see how important it is for me to attend a weekly service, even though it may at times be extremely, and I mean extremely difficult. In doing this, I literally pray I am setting an example for others to follow.
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? – James 2:17
This weekend I bobtailed to an amazing church in the Colorado Springs, CO, area. While at Restoration Church, I felt as though I was in my home church in Sioux Falls, SD. My home church is Celebrate Community Church. It was there that I was saved. Pastor Paul Aragon at Restoration Church, through his sermon, renewed my purpose of being on the road and ministering to fellow truck drivers. In short, his message was that of making significant sacrifice for the work God has tasked you with. People making these sacrifices are considered optimizers. Optimizers…inspire living by the way they live. For example…going to church each week even under difficult circumstances. Optimizers: a) Pray persistently b) have a vision to complete the work c) are motivated by the future.
Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you – 2 Timothy 5:5
This should be my mission statement. I love my work as a truck driver but it was not my first choice. I have given up most of the things I enjoy. I am not a martyr nor am I complaining. To quote the Blues Brothers, “I’m on a mission from God.” The reason I do this:
The day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night – 1 Thessalonians 5:2
I pray daily, persistently, for the 3.5 million truck drivers traversing America’s highways and interstates. By the numbers, there could be millions of drivers who do not know Christ. That breaks my heart. We have no way of knowing when our last day will come. If your truck skids off a mountain tomorrow, do you know where you will spend eternity? Do you know Christ? Pastor Paul said it best today. “Judgment day will be the best and worst day ever. Are you ready?”
Jesus said, The time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment – John 5:28-29
Going to church doesn’t necessarily make you a Christian and ensure your name is written in the book of life. Huh? Owning a long nosed Pete doesn’t necessarily make you a truck driver. There’s an entire culture and unwritten book of rules that makes a person a truck driver beyond just running through the gears. God’s rules for being a Christian are not unwritten. They can be found in the Bible. I read my Bible every single day because it gives me a vision to complete His work. Where do you get your vision?
I read online obituaries every day. It breaks my heart when I see people whose funeral is held outside of a church. Those people probably didn’t know Christ. If that is the case, those people will be spending eternity suffering in hell. *gasp* Yes. In spite of their earthly success and possibly great philanthropy, they ignored the one aspect of their life that would have granted them eternal success, not just the time spent on earth. How can that be??? As an example, let’s say your house burns down. Would you expect people you spent a lifetime ignoring and/or treating like absolute crap to invite you into their home to live forever? God’s judgment is rather similar. All He asks is to be your friend and for that to be evidenced by your actions. If you do that, on a day we will never know in advance, you will be invited to spend eternity in His house.
So…will judgment day be the best or worst day ever for you? If you know Christ, judgment day will be awesome! If you do not know Him, judgment day will be your worst day ever. Well, actually it’s just the first day of forever. I’ll say it again…forever.
If you read this blog all the way through to the end I sincerely want to thank you. I am more passionate every single day about exactly why I am out here on the big road. I had so much more I wanted to say but I don’t want to lose the reader. If you don’t have a relationship with Christ, please seek someone who can guide you to Him. If you don’t have that person in your life, let me know. Nothing in your past is unforgivable. Are you motivated by the future?
Thanks for reading! Remember…keep the rubber down and the antennas pointed up.
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