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Dorcas: A Woman Who Embroidered Her Name into History (11 of 18)
Series: Getting Acquainted with People of the New Testament
1. Her Identity
a) Her Personal Identity
b) Her Spiritual Identity
2. Her Charity
a) Compassionate Acts of Charity
b) Consuming Acts of Charity
c) Continual Acts of Charity
3. Her Adversity
a) The Sickness That Was Permitted
b) The Sickness That Was Profitable
I recently came across the following poem:
Shamgar had an ox-goad,
David had a sling,
Samson had a jawbone,
Rahab had a string,
Mary had some ointment,
Aaron had a rod,
Dorcas had a needle,
All were used for God
It is a blessing to know that God uses many kinds of people. It is likewise thrilling to know that He takes what a person is and has and uses them for His glory. So often Christians bemoan what they are not and what they do not have. They think that if they could sing or speak like others, God could use them. However, God never demands of us more than who we are or what we have. Instead of fretting over what we are not, the secret is giving Him all we are. Instead of despairing over what we lack, all He asks is that we give Him what we have.
I have always loved the story of the lad with the fishes and loaves. He transferred what he had, a little lunch, into the hands of Jesus, and Jesus transformed it into a more than sufficient supply to feed the multitude. It has been well said that God never asks for our ability. He only asks for our availability.
In this study we want to get better acquainted with a woman who used her needle for God's glory, and in so doing, embroidered her name into history. Her name is Tabitha or Dorcas. Her name has given rise to ''Dorcas Societies'' around the world, groups in Churches whose mission is providing clothing to poor and seeking to meet the physical needs of the poor. She has become an example of caring about the physical needs of others.
I think of the prayer Others:
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