Ice Road Truckers and The Great Commission

Have you seen the television show Ice Road Truckers? It’s pretty cool. You see there is this diamond mine somewhere way up north in North America. It seems to be in or near the Arctic region. Apparently the only way to get there is to cross a huge body of water. There is only a few weeks out of the year when the ice is thick enough on this lake for trucks to drive across it. They have only this small open window to truck everything the mine will need for the next year to them. They haul in anything they will need. Heavy equipment, fuel, any kind of supplies. Some of the loads are extremely heavy. The truckers who make this trip are sold out for those few weeks. Each one trying to get in as many loads as they can. They put their lives on the line. I mean hey, they are driving on ice. They can’t stop their trucks because the vibration will break the ice and the truck will fall through. If they were to get off of the road it would mean certain disaster. They don’t mind the danger, in fact I think they get a satisfaction out of knowing they overcome danger and accomplish a purpose. During those few weeks they have only one thing on their mind. Take another load to the mine. For them it is obviously about making money, but I can’t help but think of some words of Jesus every time I watch this show and see the single focus and dedicated effort of those truckers. In John 9:4 Jesus says, “I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” Now I know that Jesus was talking about Himself in that passage, however, since He left us with His commission I think the verse can now apply to us as well. You see, our life really is short. We really do only have a certain amount of time to fulfill His Great commission. It is now day but night is coming so we must have an unwavering focus and a determined effort to this mission. The problem is that we are wasting time the way we live our lives. We want to do more for the Kingdom but just can’t seem to fit it in. We will give our vacation to go and do mission work somewhere and then do whatever we can here. We have to start looking at life differently. First, we need to stop “doing” missions and start “being on mission”! Missions is something we go do when we can. Being on mission is our purpose for existing. It happens everyday. That’s what Jesus calls us to. Next, our job. It is not a “necessary evil” that we must do so that we can provide for our families. It is our platform. It is our bridge into the world so that we can be on mission everyday. It will take you to people and places that I will never get to go. Listen you are a missionary everyday! Wherever you are! We need an unbridled passion for the work. We need a sharp focus and an intensity based on the fact that we only have a short time before the work can no longer be accomplished. The souls of our families friends and the nations are at stake! So get on the ice. Let’s roll! BK<

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One Response to Ice Road Truckers and The Great Commission

  1. randyc says:

    Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

    Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. Luke 5:3

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    The boat is the vehicle used to take the fisherman to the fish. As fishers of men, our vehicle is our job, or hobby, or whatever we do that gets us to the fish.

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