Availability and Accessibility

At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. 37But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 40But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 42And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.

Acts 9:36-37,40,42 NKJV

Do you serve others with a heart that expects nothing in return? Would others make remarks about the work you do for Christ or the work you do for yourself?

Tabitha was a seamstress who had a generous heart. She always performed good and charitable deeds. One of those deeds was sewing clothes for the less fortunate, and her reputation in the region was known for doing just that. Some of us would see sewing as something basic and unimportant. Tabitha and her work must have been important to Jesus because she is the only woman be called a disciple in the Bible.

She was maximizing the gift given to her by serving others. Imagine the beauty of living in a world where we all maximized our giftings with the unselfish intent of serving others? There is no higher service! Jesus came to serve! He served humankind by giving His life.

What are you passionate about? What are you good at? What lights your fire? Are you channeling that gifting for Jesus or sitting it on the shelf? Do notmarginalize God’s craftsmanship by ever saying you are not good at anything! That would be belittling the Master. You are great at something!

When Tabitha died, the disciples sent two men to fetch Peter, who arrived on the scene and raised her from the dead. Tabitha is the only adult woman raised from the dead. Look at these two in comparison to how you are using your gifts. Both glorified God by giving Him something we all have, something we all claim is fleeting, something we all have plenty of but never realize the totality of its value. What is it? Availability and accessibility. God can only use us to the extent we are willing to be used.

Because of Tabitha’s life and Peter raising her from the dead, many came to believe in the Lord. If God can use the service of a lady with needles and thread, what could he do with you and your service? God has a greater purpose in saving you. Salvation is only the beginning. You were saved to do good works in the name of Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:9 NKJV states, “Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” That passage emphasizes the point that the promise of eternity and living free from bondage are wonderful gifts. These promised blessings are the catalyst that frees us to be about God’s business of service.

Reflect

Start today with a prayer asking God to reveal to you His purposes for the day. Seize opportunities to serve in your church, your home, your community, and elsewhere.

Prayer
Dear Lord, Your purposes for me are perfect, but I am not. Please remove any doubts or fears that would prevent me from living out the purposes You have established for me. I pray that I am sensitive to meet those in need whom You send across my path through service and prayer. I will serve in any capacity that brings You honor. In the name of Jesus, so be it. Amen.

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