Hey everyone! No, TBM has not given up on our little ministry of giving. With God's grace we've completed a few projects and handed them off to those in need of smiles and blessings. The Lord has opened up so many opportunities for us to give and show others His goodness, kindness and charity through our servant hands and hearts. That leads me to right into todays blog post; where I would like to introduce a woman named Tabitha.
I have been wanting to share one of the most beautiful and heartfelt stories in the New Testament for a while, it is found in Acts 9;36-42. In these few verses, we are introduced to a disciple from Joppa named Tabitha (Dorcas in Greek). We get to meet this wonderful woman of God during Apostle Peter's ministry. We can assume that God used and gifted Tabitha with an abundant Spirit of good deeds, kindness and charity; in which she used to bless many in need. It was when Tabitha suddenly fell ill and died, it stirred the women who served along side her to send out a plea to Peter who was ministering in the neighboring city of Lydda to come to her bedside. Peter prayed and through his prayers, God raised Tabitha from the dead.
What was so special about Tabitha that God would resurrect someone that seems ordinary? I believe God wanted this story included in Peters ministry not just because He used Peter to raise her from the dead, but for us to witness the magnitude of serving God with a pure heart. Tabitha's work for the Lord from how those women revered her was like no other. I'm guessing she most likely expected nothing in return.
The questions is, what does your servant heart look like? Do you serve to be seen by others, get a reward from God or do you serve with a heart that expects nothing in return? Would others revel over the work you did for Christ or the work you did for yourself? Tabitha is probably not as appealing to most, but she appeals to me, because she exemplifies a unique discipleship through giving. Thank you Tabitha for your wonderful work that glorified our Father in Heaven.
ACTS 9:36-42 (NKJV)
"At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord."