Acts 9: 36 – 42
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. Verse 36 (NIV)
I have several friends in my life who have very big hearts for those less fortunate. It has been my privilege to have a couple of these friends with me on a mission’s excursion so they can see firsthand some of the things I have spoken to them concerning the poor. Their response is always so thrilling for me. They are filled with God’s love and grace, and then a seemingly natural response causes them to share generously with those in need.
Dorcas was known for her compassion for the poor in her community. She was known for doing good and investing in those who had needs. Her relationship with God was not just for herself but also for the benefit of others.
The death of Dorcas left her community in distress. Friends searched for Peter to see if there was something he could do. Widows showed him all the clothing Dorcas had made for them – gifts that reminded them of her love. Gifts placed in the hand of someone in need, point to the hand of the heavenly Father, who loves us completely and generously supplies all that we need.
Our culture tends to focus on accumulating wealth instead of giving to people in need. Dorcas, described as a disciple, was one who imitated the generosity of God.
How can you show God’s generous heart to someone in need?
Lord, help me to care for others with the love that you show me. Help me to give willingly with a cheerful heart as you have given to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.