The Voice of the Truckers Outreach Ministry of the Bible Baptist Church
Getting your load delivered on time is probably one of your bigest priorities while on the road. But we all have some down-time, whether it is mandated rest time, waiting for the yard to open, truck repairs, or waiting for a load.
What do you do with that time? Update your logbook? Eat and sleep? Watch TV? Read? Chill? How about take advantage of the time to go to church?
Go to church, you ask? Why should I go to church while on the road?
Well, for one thing, it helps keep your heart in tune. If your truck was running rough you would want to get it fixed, wouldn't you? So, think of church as a garage. A good church, like a good garage, can handle anything from topping off fluids, to making repairs, to replacing your engine and transmission. In other words, church can bless and encourage you, help you with your problems, and show you how to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior. You may think you know what the problem is but "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" We might think we know what the problem is but Jesus Christ, the Master Mechanic, knows exactly what the problem is.
Going to church also helps keep your life on course. How would you like to head from New York to LA for the first time without maps, directions, and truck stops? Probably not. But without church you are headed from birth to death for the first time without maps, directions, and truck stops. There are a lot of dead ends and false turns, such as drugs, alcohol, pornography, prostitutes, and gambling, striving to take your life off course and bring you to ruin. Remember, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12)" but Jesus is "...the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by [Jesus]. (John 14:6)"
You can also serve the Lord by going to church while on the road. Look at Hebrews 10:24-25: "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Provoke, here, literally means to incite-in a good sense. When you get out of your truck and walk into church several things happen. First, you bless and encourage the church by being a visitor. Second, you stimulate the pastor to preach better by giving him a new person to minister the Word of God to. Third, the Lord will bless, encourage, and minister to you through the people of that church. And, fourth you are being obedient to the Lord's command to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together.
Hey, there is a lot more to life than truck stops, highways, and freight yards. There's a real world out there. There's a heaven to gain and a hell to avoid. There's a God who loves us and sent His Son to die for us. Not going to church makes it easy to forget those things and lose sight of what's real important. When you take the time to attend services it helps keep your job in perspective and your life on track.
God bless! We hope to see you soon...On the Highway!