Monday, March 26, 2012

The Importance of Relationship

Building relationships in Athens
Missionaries to refugees in Greece are staying at our home this week.  Tonight they told a group of people about their ministry and one key thing that stood out to  me was the reason Christianity attracts the Muslims they work with.  They live out what they say.

As they build relationships with the refugees at Helping Hands, the people begin to ask questions about why the missionaries believe in Christ.  They're taught the facts about Christ coming to earth, his crucifixion, and resurrection from the dead.  But the key reason people make a decision to follow Christ is they see that the missionaries' lives reflect what they believe and teach, unlike many of the religious leaders they've heard in the past.

When Ilir said this, it made me think.  How do I come across to others?  Do they see someone whose life reflects that of Christ?  I hope so, but I need to keep this in mind as I relate to everyone whose path I cross.  

What about you?


Cathy Baker said...

When I see you, Ellen, I certainly see a beautiful reflection of Christ. :) Great post!

Vonda Skelton said...

Oh yes, Ellen, you reflect Christ beautifully! I'm so thankful I have you in my life!

Ellen Andersen said...

You're both very encouraging. Thank you.