Ah, I’ve got a cup of hot coffee and a cup of grace, I’m ready. Picking up where we left off…Dorcas.
Peter has arrived at the home where Dorcas has been laid and sends everyone out. He gets down on his knees and prays. Do we get down on our knees and pray, especially when things seem hopeless? Do we take our concern to the One who created us and knows of our need before we ever speak it?
When Peter finishes praying, he turns to Dorcas and says, “Up you go, dearie!” Ok, not exactly, but he did tell her to get up and “She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.” (Acts 9: 40) He presented Dorcas to the believers and widows and “this became known all over Joppa.” (Acts 9:42) I should think so! A woman is raised from the dead, I would hope it would become known all over town! And because of it, “many people believed in the Lord.” (Acts 9: 42) Woot woot!
Can you imagine the rejoicing going on that night? And then, the celebration party that took place within that community after many believed. Peter stayed in town for a while, possibly because of the big growth the church suddenly experienced.
Dorcas started by helping one widow and by doing what she knew how to do, make clothes. Then another. And she never stopped! She had too much love for these women in need to do one good deed, instead she consistently gave to them. Her death devastated many. So when the Lord raised her from the dead, the entire community was impacted. All because she started a ministry to love others and give generously.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” (Ja 1: 27) Dorcas looked after the lonely, forgotten, and destitute widows she helped the poor and always did good. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (Jn 13:35.)
Friend, you don’t need to be a pastor, a teacher, a small group leader, an elder, a blogger, or feel like you need to find a “special gifting” in order to be a disciple and follow Jesus’ command to make a difference in His Kingdom. Dorcas was a disciple because she loved others. But she didn’t stop there, she loved them by helping widows, by doing something practical, and something she already knew how to do. Sewing might not seem like much, but to those women, and to God, it was the most meaningful service she could provide.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25: 40) Jesus said those challenging words, and Dorcas took them to heart and put them into action. She didn’t make extravagant designer clothes, rather something simple and practical. And that’s what each of us can do. Keep it simple, keep it practical.
Anyone can love Jesus and make themselves available to give generously as He directs. Everyone can give something. We can love. “We love because He first loved us.” (1 Jn 4:19)
Let’s go out today and show someone some love!