After Tabitha died, some of the disciples heard that Peter was in town and sent for him. They knew the power that Christ had given him through the Holy Spirit and perhaps even witness this power in action. Could Peter bring her back? Could Peter heal her? They had hope, they believed, they trusted in Peter and in God. Peter would end up bringing her back to life. Of course, it was a miracle. A miracle that would spread, reaching many who would come to Christ.
So what does this all mean to you? To me?
1. We have the power as believers to bring people back to life, to heal through the Holy Spirit.
2. God moves us and places us in situations for his purpose.
3. God can use us to reach a lost family member, community, region and even the world for him.
4. God will equip you as you seek him, as you ask for his help to do all things.
5. God uses us where we are to do what He wants us to do.
6. Until God says you are done in this world, you are not done despite retirement or old age.
7. Ministry comes in all shapes and sizes, married, single, woman, men, children, local foreign, etc. God may use you to preach the word or heal like Peter or to make clothes for someone who has none.
8. God reveals to use the value of building friendships and encouraging others…especially those who struggle, like widows.
9. God has not forgotten the single adult, the divorced, the never-married, the single parent or the widowed. You are just as important as anyone else and can be use by God to do anything.
10. God challenges us today to be obedient, to learn about him, to grow, and to serve.
So what are you going to walk with today? What have you just learned?
36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.