Transacting the Proselyte
Giving, Aiding, Dying
God honored her service
Awakening, Living, Proclaiming
The widows of Joppa huddled together in the attic, crying and wiping their tears. They could not believe that Dorcas, their beloved sister in Christ, was dead. Each of them clutched a blanket that Dorcas had hand-woven for them and recalled fond memories of Dorcas’ service to the Lord.
“Remember when the man arrived at midnight from Antioch,” asked one widow, “and he had not eaten in three days?”
“Yes! And Dorcas made bread in the middle of the night! The whole town awoke to a wonderful smell.”
“Oh! How I miss her!”
From outside, the women heard three male voices chatting heartily. The widows quickly grew excited. “It’s the messengers! They have brought Peter!” Sure enough, the door opened to reveal two Joppa natives and the impulsive apostle Peter.
The women rushed to Peter’s side. “Peter!” they proclaimed, “Dorcas was such a gracious woman. She served the Lord faithfully and generously. She made us coats and blankets. She welcomed strangers into her home and helped the elders with church, but now she is dead!”
Peter did not even appear worried. He asked them all to leave the room and knelt beside Dorcas’ lifeless body. After a short prayer, he calmly said, “Dorcas, arise.” Miraculously, Dorcas’ eyes opened and she sat up. Reaching for Peter’s hand, she stood and walked with him to where her friends were waiting.
The widows were astonished to see their fellow-worker alive again, and news of her revival quickly spread throughout the town.
God honored Dorcas’s service by adding years to her life. Just like Dorcas, he requires all women to be humble, hospitable, and serving Him (I Tim. 5:10).