“There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room. But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!” So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them.” – Acts 9:36-39 (NLT)
If the Lord called you to move to another city or even if He called you to heaven today, on what levels would you be missed?
Tabitha was someone who was missed on many levels after she died. We can assume that the people in her home were grieving but as you look at the passage you will see that her church family grieved because of the role she played in the church. She made clothes for widows, and did other kind deeds and helped minister to the poor. Tabitha was a vital part of God’s work and people realized it. I am also sure that those poor people in the community who were used to seeing Tabitha’s smiling, caring face were grieved when they heard the news.
Tabitha had some great talents, gifts and abilities and she used them for the Lord. Her willingness to use these gifts in her church alongside others magnified what she was able to do and the name of the Lord Jesus, the one she was ultimately doing these things for.
To make a difference like Tabitha, you need to know how you are SHAPEd and you need to be willing to let God have your SHAPE to use for His glory, not to bring glory to yourself.
Talk to the Lord today about your SHAPE…
S- What Spiritual Gifts do you possess?
H- What people do you really have a heart or passion for?
A- What abilities or skills do you have?
P- How does your personality lend itself toward working with others?
E- What experiences have you been through that could help someone?
After honestly talking to God about the answers to these questions, ask God to show you ways in the body of Christ that He could use you to minister to others and when He does, be faithful to serve in those areas of ministry.