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Rev. Rob Jackson

Resolution: Share faith in new year

Over the Christmas holidays, my family was traveling to spend a few days with my parents. It was late at night and we stopped to get gas, munchies and more coffee to stay awake. As usual, I struck up a conversation with the cashier.

By her own admittance, life was not going well. She had a young child at home, and she had moved across the country with a friend away from her family. The only support she could find for her child was working the late shift at a "quick mart."

As we drove away and got back on the interstate, I remarked to Tonya, my wife, how sad this clerk appeared.

Tonya said she noticed the same thing. Tonya then began to lament that she had not shared her faith with the woman.

Our 7-year-old daughter began to beg, "Turn around Daddy. We have to tell her about Jesus."

I explained that it was late, I was tired, and the next exit was miles away.

She began to cry, "Daddy, what if God wanted us to share with her about Jesus and we failed? Daddy, what if we are the last opportunity for her to hear of Christ and we failed?"

The words from my little girl still haunt me: "Daddy, what if we failed?"

How many times have you and I "failed" our responsibility to share the love of Christ with those around us?

As Christians, we have been commissioned by our Lord to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). And yet, as many as 95 percent of professing Christians have never led a single person to faith in Christ.

Furthermore, the vast majority of professing Christians did not share Christ a single time in 2004. Many of us are failing in our God-given responsibility to share God's Son with a lost and dying world.

Let us leave any "failures" we had in 2004 in the past.

Numerous people in Decatur and across Morgan County are hungry for the love of God.

This New Year we should renew our commitment to the Great Commission and look for opportunities to share the love of God with those around us.

After all, "How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without someone telling them?" (Romans 10:14).

The Rev. Rob Jackson, pastor of Central Baptist Church, is among several local ministers writing religion columns for THE DAILY. For more information, call Melanie Smith on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 340-2468.

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