Tabitha a Lady of Good Works


"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. {37} But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. {38} And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. {39} Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. {40} But 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. {41} Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. {42} And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord." (Acts 9:36-42). You never know how your good works may have an effect on you and on others. Notice in verse 41 when Peter, a true minister of Jesus Christ, had prayed over Tabitha that she was healed of whatever she had died from and her life returned to her. God looked upon her good works and answered Peterís prayer and allowed her to live longer. Also notice how this affected other people in that "many believed on the Lord".

The apostle Paul passed the following on to Timothy: "Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, {19} storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life" (1 Timothy 6:18-19).