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This Week : Zambian Pastors need to work hard

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Kelvin ESIASA

Kelvin ESIASA

By Kelvin Esiasa

The gospel of Mathew records that Jesus went throughout all Galilee, teaching in synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.

Mathew adds that when news about Jesus spread throughout all Syria and people brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and he healed them. Mathew also records that large crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, and Judea and from beyond Jordan.

The notion of taking the sick for prayers was also seen in the Ministry of Paul, in the book of Act 28 the bibles says that it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him. After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured.

In the book of James, James advises that if there was any person that was suffering the person should pray. He also advised that if there was also a person that was sick a person should be taken to the elders to be prayed for. James justifies that a prayer offered in faith would restore a person that was sick, and the Lord would raise them and if he had committed sins, they will be forgiven him.

The bible also records a number of incidences where people traveled miles away in search of the blessing of God. In the Book of 1 King 10 the bible records that when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. When the queen of Sheba saw all the Wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed

It is in this regard that am not dismayed or disturbed with reports about Zambians that were reported to be travelling abroad to seek divine intervention. The concern raised by the clergy on Zambians who seek foreign divine should not deter people from seeking solutions if they cannot get it in Zambia.
But what the clergy should do is to investigate why is that many Zambians would find comfort in seeking foreign intervention rather than going to their congregations and ask for prayers. It is also important for the clergy to investigate why is it that many Churches in Zambia find it easy to invite foreign Pastors to preach to their congregation rather than local pastors. It is also important to investigate why is that many Pastors from Zambia would want to go abroad to preach at international conference rather than at local conference.

There are so many questions that Pastors in Zambia need to answer before condemning the people who travel miles away from home in search of Miracles. For instance, why is that a conference organized by a foreign Pastor in Zambia is highly attended as compared to a conference organized by a Zambian Pastor? Or why is it that many well attended churches or crusade in Zambia are run by foreign Pastors. Or why is that none of the Zambian Pastor has been listed as one of the most influential clergy in Africa while the lists are dominated by Nigerian and Zimbabwean pastors.

I wish to join Zambians who are advising Zambian Pastors to work hard. It is important that Zambian Pastors work hard if there they have to win favors from their flocks. Hard work would enable a lot of Zambians Pastors glue their flocks to their congregation. Zambian Pastors needs to know that the glory of God come with hard work and this can only be if one is hard working and always found in the presence of God.

King Solomon write in Proverbs that my son make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding. For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek wisdom as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God. While Paul advised the Corinthians that for the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power. And Moses in book of Joshua advises that we should not depart from the word of God but meditate on it day and night, so that we may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then God we will make our way prosperous, and then we will have success.
So Zambian Pastors should toll for their success in order stop their congregants from going abroad to seek prayers.

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