I don’t know about you, but I don’t love going to the dentist. My dentist is a great guy, a believer, and he supports Jews for Jesus! (Are you reading this, Dr. Lee?) But I still don’t love going to the dentist.
What I do love is that my colleague Bob Mendelsohn made the need for a dentist into an opportunity to share the Lord. (See this month’s Bits from the Branches). In fact, he was so intentional about it that he actually asked if his orthodontist could specifically recommend a Jewish doctor. Wow! I usually just ask my friends who they can recommend that won’t hurt me!
Now I don’t think Bob counted his time in the dentist chair as part of his work with Jews for Jesus … nor his time on the golf course. But Bob’s intentionality through the various facets of his relationship with Phil is part of what we call a ministry mindset. It led him to seek out a Jewish dentist. To follow up on spiritual conversations. To share a leisure activity. To visit and pray with Phil in the hospital, not knowing the profound effect that would have.
The "so what?" of it all is that you don’t need to be a professional missionary to have a ministry mindset.
How cool is it that after all the personal and professional time Bob spent with Phil, it was Ian who actually prayed with Phil to receive the Lord? Ian, who is not a missionary but has a ministry mindset.
God often uses us in combination with one another to lead people into His kingdom. Are you ready to meet people that God wants you to witness to? Whether it’s at the golf course, the supermarket, the PTA or the dentist chair, if you want to be part of someone’s salvation story, God will use you!