The story of Dorcas is one of the Bible’s most beautiful accounts of a Christian woman. She’s not on the cover of Woman’s Day or Vogue, yet she is a rich example of the true meaning of the Christian way of life as well as a powerful example of the preaching of the Gospel of God. How can one woman’s life make a difference? How can one woman be so worthy as to be written in God’s very word? I have created this series to highlight some of the women in our time whose ‘good works’ have been an encouragement to us all, those whose lives are God’s way of life in action. We who are called of God are to maintain good works.
Tit 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.
Here is her story:
Ac 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which when translated, means Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and acts of mercy which she did. Her life was spent in doing kind and charitable actions.
Ac 9:37 And it came to pass in those days, that she fell sick, and died……and they laid her in an upper chamber.
Ac 9:39 And Peter went with them. And when he had come, they took him into the room: and all the widows were there, weeping and putting before him the coats and clothing which Dorcas had made while she was with them.
Ac 9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
Ac 9:41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
Ac 9:42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
Mourning the loss of Dorcas, the widows showed the warm garments she had made them to protect them from the cold winds which often swept in from the Mediterranean. Here were younger widows with little children who had been clothed by Dorcas. How could they ever find another friend like her?
Good works can include all of the things that Dorcas did – taking care of widows by making and distributing much needed garments, calling the sick and lonely widows to encourage them, or the tremendous perseverance of raising Godly seed for the future generations to build the Kingdom of God. No matter what you are giving, the common denominator is you do it without sounding a trumpet, but in meekness and lowliness esteem others better than yourself.
Php 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
The mercy that God bestowed on Dorcas, she passed on to others. This type of selfless love was rewarded by God, using Peter to raise her from the dead. This typifies the calling that we have, resulting in the reward of us being resurrected from the dead at Christ’s return, living our life now after baptism for the glory of God.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
Just as Christ walked the earth in humble service to others, He calls us out to do the same.
It’s interesting that this account resulted in the gospel being spread throughout the land.
Ac 9:42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.
Are we part of that gospel? This is an incredible responsibility, but one that holds so much joy! Does our light shine in a world of darkness? Are we part of spreading the gospel to our own communities?
I encourage you that you can become a daughter of Dorcas with your daily sacrifices, which no one sees but those who are affected. Let’s start living our lives with that selfless love that Dorcas has given us an example of. We can make a difference. Sound impossible? With God, ALL things are possible. Are our names going to be written in a future section of the Bible? It can be. This is an incredible encouragement!
Tit 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
For Today: Let’s humbly go before our Father and ask for His Holy Spirit today and everyday, that we might be part of that great calling that He has called us to do. The tasks are all important in God’s great plan, from hugging a child who needs encouragement to making garments for those in need as Dorcas. Today, let’s all be Daughters of Dorcas.
Note: I need your help in creating this series. If you know someone who is serving and helping others and is willing to be included as the spotlight in this series, please write me and let me know, so that I can include them on the Women of Faith Series to encourage all of us. Thanks for all your help. In the next post, we will begin to look at the lives of us everyday women to help to encourage one another to love and good works.
Heb 10:24 “and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works.”