“Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity…” Acts 9:36
Dorcas, also called Tabitha was a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. She opened her heart to Jesus and that changed everything. The word ‘disciple’ means a learner, a follower.
Often when we read the word “disciple in the New testament we think of the 12 disciples However a disciple was a follower of Jesus, whether man or women. The Bible tells us Dorcas was a Christian who did good works and charitable deeds. She did good works and charitable deeds because she was a Christian and that became her motivation in sewing clothes. She could sew and so she sewed to the best of her ability. She was sewing for Jesus and she became well known for doing good and for helping the poor. Use your gift and the interest you have already for God . Spend time in prayer asking God to use you as well as other Christians to reach others for Him.
Dorcas’ Greek name means “the female of a roebuck,’ “a gazelle” and “emblem of beauty,” as does her Aramaic name, Tabitha.
The Bible did not tell whether she had physical beauty or not but she was beautiful in the eyes of God and in the eyes of the widows and the poor that she helped.
1 Timothy 2:9-10 says that women are to gain respect, not by physical beauty, but by the good deeds that are appropriate for women who worship God.
Dorcas’ work of making clothes and helping the poor may sound insignificant when compared to the outstanding works of the apostles, but they were enough to gain the love of her community and enough that God saw fit to restore her life. It’s our love for God and the love we share with others that makes us beautiful in God’s sight.
• What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? What energizes you? What are you passionate about? Are you channeling that gifting or passion for Jesus? What are you doing for Jesus?
• What is your contribution to your church? To the poor in your community? To widows and orphans?
• What seemingly insignificant talent or ability do you possess that would mean a great deal to someone in need?
Wishing all Mothers a Happy Mothering Sunday on March the 6th