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Perspective - January 2011

Entering the office of a new doctor to whom I had been referred proved to be a great surprise and personal blessing.

As I met him, he did not begin by asking why I was there or with any type of diagnostic tests. He simply asked, "What do you do?" I replied that I am a Southern Baptist minister. Immediately he asked, "Is Jesus God or the Son of God?" So I spent the next 30 minutes sharing and answering questions about my faith.

Also in the room was a young medical assistant who, after the doctor's conversation, told me his family and one of the Convention staff members were close and attended the same church. I'm not sure, but it is a possibility that this young man had shared his faith in Christ with the doctor, which prompted the questions for me.

I must say it was a most unusual, yet surprising and refreshing, introduction to a new physician. As I have looked back over that visit, I don't know why I was so surprised. God presents opportunities to each of us daily to witness to thousands of our family members, neighbors, co-workers, schoolmates and those with whom we come in contact throughout our daily routines.

God has called us to be His witnesses in "Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth." Let us not forget that the Great Commission begins here in California where we live, work, go to school and worship. God has called each of us to witness to those around us wherever we find ourselves - our neighborhood, workplace, school, the grocery store, shopping mall or the doctor's office.

With more than 33 million of the 39 million residents in our state without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the fields truly are white unto harvest and the Lord of the Harvest is calling California Southern Baptists to be workers in that field where He has placed us.

In a comfortable, yet semi-sterile room in November, an unusual opportunity presented itself for me to share Christ. I rejoice in the opportunity to continue the conversation with the doctor.

I encourage you to look for opportunities, and to take time to share Christ even at the doctor's office.

Last Published: December 20, 2010 11:42 PM