Friday, October 1, 2010

Tabitha/Dorcus: The Power Of Your Service", Acts 9:36-43

This woman was full of good works, and almsdeeds that she did. Dorcus' story is about a woman who did not just the talk the talk; she walked the walked. She demonstrated the love of Christ by what she did.

It is evident by scripture that she did not waste time talking about what should or could be done. Based upon those who had something to show that Dorcus had actually done, their memory included knowing her love for them. Her thoughts were actualized in concrete service. Dorcus did not spend her time debating about the newest concepts of ministry. She simply did what was necessary.

The scripture does not tell us if Dorcus was financially wealthy. But it shares with us that she took of whatever she had and made it into something usable and valuable for others. She did the work of the ministry. She is not lifted up as a woman who led others such as a preacher, a judge, a great orator, or as a prophetess. Her simple notation is that she found purpose as a disciple. She lives the life of a servant of the Most High God.

Dorcus seems to have taken Jesus' words to heart, "clothe the naked." The weeping widows cried at the lost of Dorcus because they no longer had any memory of crying because of their lack. The Seniors were no longer lonely because Dorcus took the time to visit. Dorcus did the work and you hear them exclaim that their lack was no more. The Shepherd, The Provider, The Giver was visible through her life.

Faith acting through love will produce both physical and spiritual manifestations. Dorcus' story is the real story of service at work. Because of her service others are blessed, and the love of God is experienced in an earthly way. And, because others are blessed we see resurrection on the horizon. Service brings resurrection, renewal, and restoration. Service heals dead situations, conditions, and emotions. Yes, service is a wonderful resurrection tool.

I dare say that Dorcus probably did not spend her days in meetings to determine who needed her help. She doesn't appear to spend great lengths of time creating strategies for helping; I don't even think that Dorcus weighed whether or not her actions were politically correct. She doesn't appear to consult with other entities about whether she should help those within her reach. Dorcus, very simply, just did the work.

So much work was done by Dorcus that at her death she was priviledged to laid in the "upper chamber." Her life and her death caused others to see Christ high and lifted up. Her death gathered others into the place of the UPPER ROOM -- the place of prayer and worship. That day you could hear the crowd thanking and praising God for the good received through His servant. They came together in so much praise that the atmosphere was set up for a miracle. I heard Dr. Mike Murdock say, whatever you make happen for others, God will make happen for you. Dorcus is ready to receive God's intervention in her own life.

She raised up the hearts of others. She raised up the minds of others. She raised up the lifestyles of others. She was just a raising up elevation type of woman. It was in her willingness to serve that we see the miracle of death defying resurrection.

Any woman (person) who is a doer of the Word will be found in the upper chamber being overtaken in prayer. That's where we are raised up to greater works in Christ. Yes, service actualizes both death and life -- Death to self -- Raised in Him.