Acts 9: 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 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. 41 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. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.
This is an amazing story of a woman called Dorcas, who helped the poor and did good. The nice things that she did spoke for her and at the end, it was all what she had done to other people that made her people go and call Peter to come over to her in Joppa.
This was a really nice testimony about Dorcas. Sometimes, we think that we are the only ones’ going through hard times. In life, as Christians, we need to be able to help other people, in a small or big way, depending on what we can afford to do.
This goes to show that doing good and helping the poor is so important in the eyes of God. When we do this, we can then command the impossible to happen, and it will happen, as it did in the case of Dorcas.
It is time that our lives glorified God in a more substantial way; by this I mean, us helping other people and our Father who sees what we have done in secret is able to come and bless us in the public for everyone to see.
Gal 6:9 tells us that ‘And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart’. Dorcas did good and it was the good that she did, that enabled people to go and call Peter to come and pray for her from her death bed.
PRAYER POINTS: Lord help me not to be weary in doing good; Lord let me reap the fruits of my helping the less fortunate; Lord help me to reap the fruits of doing good and Lord open my eyes to see the needs of other people in Jesus name.