Dorcas, or Tabitha which is the Aramaic rendering of the same name, in the Bible lived in the town of Joppa, a city on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. She was such a giving person who made things, especially clothing, for the poor in Joppa.
Dorcas was known for her good works and acts of love for the poor (Acts 9:36); she was much loved in the community of Joppa. When she became ill and died, the believers who knew Dorcas heard that Peter was in the nearby town of Lydda, and they sent for him. When Peter arrived at the home where Dorcas’ body had been laid out, he went up to see the body. There were many widows there, weeping. They all showed Peter “the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them”—tangible evidence of Dorcas’ loving service (Acts 9:39).
What happened next is proof that our God is full of glorious, unrestrained power: “Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord” (Acts 9:40–42).
Peter’s motive, at least in part, for raising Dorcas to life may have been for the sake of the widows and others in Joppa who needed the help Dorcas could provide. The resurrection of Dorcas, and her ministering to the poor and needy, was also a major reason so many people in Joppa believed. This miracle performed in the name of the Lord led many to faith in Christ.
Dorcas’ hands are a wonderful example of how we are to meet the needs of those around us. Christians are to “continue to remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10). Part of “religion that God our Father accepts” is “to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27). Dorcas practiced showing Christ through the deeds she did.
How are we showing our hands working for the Lord? Would we have enough influence to have a whole town mourning for us? Let’s use our hands today to show Jesus to the world!!!!Read More