December 2020

The Handiwork

Introduction

Ephesian 2: 10 (NIV) For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Zambia is blessed because it has proclaimed Jesus Christ publicly by declaring the country as a Christian Nation. Does it mean that all citizens are Christian? Does it mean that all national behaviour of the people is Christ like? That is a yes and no answer. Mostly people behave in a certain way as a show or demonstration of belonging to a certain belief.

Advent being part of what we celebrate calls for a troubled soul, poor and imperfect, having hope and looking forward to the coming of Jesus Christ as a baby in our hearts and as a judge at the end of the world. It may not be a troubled soul but, the soul that comes to understand the grace that God demonstrated through the coming of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. It is the unmerited favour of God toward man that today we speak of salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ came and did all the work for us to be redeemed from the power of Satan, sin, and eternal death. Indeed, we are justified by faith alone.

The work of salvation was completed on the cross by Jesus Christ. He then reminds us that children of God are his handiwork, created for Himself to spread the gospel. The Lutheran Mission Rural Health Centre is one such platform where Christians can demonstrate Christs love through acts of faith as has been done by the clinic staff, Pastors and others in United States of America under the leadership of the Central Africa Medical Mission Committee. God demonstrated his love to all the people of the earth through the life and work of his son Jesus. He desires that we show our faith in him with works of love.

Therefore, this 2020 Advent, besides the good news of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, brings a lot of smiles because of the good works done around the Lutheran Mission clinic. Mwembezhi has been in the midst of the hardship that came with Covid 19. Gifts like clothes, pens, pencils, pill bottles, baby blankets, and operational funds have helped us care for people. Imagine a baby born at the clinic without clothes from the parents who cannot afford them, but, being helped by someone that took the time to make a dress or buy clothes for these babies. Indeed, we are a team that will strive to support the gospel ministry in the Lutheran Church. It is the good will from so many people who have supported the work of God, Glory and honour be to God for the favour given to us.

In conclusion

We need to stand firm in this troubled world and witness the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We can do better to start this from our homes through to our working environments. Sometimes it may appear to be a challenge to do good works as a handiwork, but it all begins with each one of us. It can be a good thing if we would take a deep reflection of our calling in whatever area God has placed us, be it a husband, wife, medical staff, or position of leadership.

As Lutheran Mwembezhi Rural Health Centre we wish you a Happy Advent.

Blessings to you.

Alisad Banda

Clinic Administrator- Zambia