Teachings from India (6)
Luke 10:5-9 is all about the importance of creating relationship. When we have found a person of peace (who we recognize because they offer us hospitality), the first thing we do is to build a relationship. Church is all about relationships. This is what Jesus offers us in Revelation 3:20. (“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you
hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a
meal together as friends.") First we eat with them, then, as we get to know their needs and the needs of their family and friends, we offer to pray for them. When God answers our prayer, they will ask what power we used to bring this about. That is our opportunity to tell them the good news of the Kingdom.
This rebuilds the social fabric of a community. And it gives us the opportunity to reach out to their circle of relationships too.
"If you don't work with and through local people, when you leave, the work leaves with you." Victor