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By Barbie   /     Apr 22, 2014  /     Featured Writers  /  
Beautiful tulip bouquet over garden bokeh backgroundWelcome to Feature Friend Wednesday!  Every Wednesday for the next few months I will introduce you to one of my beautiful writing friends.  I hope you will take the time to read.  Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to read about the author and visit her blog and social media links.

Have You Met the Disciple Named Dorcas?
by Naomi @ What Joy Is Mine

Dorcas is the only woman specifically called a disciple in the Bible. “Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity.” (Acts 9:36) She was a disciple known for doing good and helping the needy. Dorcas was a disciple of Christ. In the little that is written about her, we learn much about her. Let’s look at what she teaches us through her life and what others say about her.

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Dorcas – Artist Unknown

First and foremost, we learn she is a disciple of Jesus. She embraced her faith in Christ and served in a way that demonstrated that faith. She was recognized by her dutiful heart to do good to others in honor of the One she served. I believe she lived her life the way she knew would draw others to her Savior. I believe this was very important to her.

Second, she served the poor. In verse 36, it says she performed “acts of charity.” She handmade clothes for the poor and needy. Each piece sewn to clothe another who had none. (v.39) She outwardly loved her neighbor as is written in Mark 12:31, ” ‘ you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no greater commandment.” Dorcas fulfilled this command and loved on the poor not because she had to but she wanted to. I believe that was her heart to help those less fortunate knowing again that that’s what her Savior did.

Thirdly, she is known for doing good works outside of helping the poor.  She was “full of good works” it says in verse 36.  In Acts 10:38, we read that Jesus “went about doing good.” Dorcas had to have known this and followed in His footsteps. The weeping widows testified to her character of giving when they showed Peter the garments she made with her hands not for herself but for others. (Acts 9:39) Some of them were probably recipients of her generous spirit and hard work. Even in reading that one verse, I see Dorcas as someone who did good not to be patted on the back but because it was right and what followers of Christ did. It was all to glorify God. (Colossians 3:23) 

Fourthly, she dies and is restored back to the living by Peter, another disciple of Jesus. Her death and being made alive again was a great witness of the one true God to those in Joppa. “And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.” (Acts 9:42) Her miracle drew people to become believers in the Lord. In addition, even in death she was remembered fondly as a woman who tended to the needs of others unto the glory of the Lord. She was looked upon as a woman of mercy in her community.

Well, what have we learned from Dorcas’ life? We have learned that being a follower of Christ means living as He did. We are to be “imitators of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1) Dorcas was in the practice of doing good to others just as Jesus did. Are we doing the same? Are we living out our lives in a way that Jesus is who others see? Dorcas was also remembered for her acts of charity and good works towards others and all of it pointed to Jesus and not to herself. She looked after the homeless and less fortunate as we should. How can we reach out to someone in need and help them? Are we keeping our eyes open for opportunities to love others as Jesus did?

Lastly, how will we be remembered? Dorcas reflected Jesus in her acts and others noticed. Do we desire to be remembered for the love we had for Jesus and how we strove to live our life demonstrating that love to others unto His glory?

I am thankful Dorcas was penned in the Word of God. She is a humble and excellent example of a disciple of Christ. How can we be like Dorcas and leave a legacy that holds true to the Word of God unto His glory?

FBphoto3Naomi, a daughter of the King, is married to a wonderful man and they have four children with one sitting in the presence of the Lord. She is a photographer who enjoys scrapbooking, reading, quilting, homeschooling, being a wife and mother. She blogs at What Joy Is Mine where she encourages others to seek joy in their every day lives based on Proverbs 17:22 because God is good all the time! You can receive her blog posts via email by subscribing , connect with her on Facebook and Twitter as well as follow her on Instagram.

About Barbie

I am wife and mom to four beautiful children. I have been marked by the love of a relentless God who never stops pursuing me. My desire is to encourage you on your own journey, giving you glimpses of His love and sprinkles of His grace along the way.

6 Comments

  1. Beth Says: April 23, 2014 4:35 am

    I enjoyed this very much as I must admit I was not familiar with her name. I love that there is so much for me still to learn! :) Thank you so much for sharing. I love the new bloggers I meet through Barbie’s place here. And my word for the year is JOY so I loved the names of your blog. Blessings to you.
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  2. Chris Malkemes Says: April 23, 2014 7:12 am

    I have always read the story of Dorcas with admiration. Thanks for bringing her back to my memories. She was a woman of God and didn’t have to market herself. She was real, honest and engaging. Can’t beat that. Thanks for sharing such good things, Barbie.
    Chris Malkemes recently posted..True Worship – He is Here

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  3. Cynthia Says: April 23, 2014 9:56 am

    Wonderful reminder! I have read about Dorcas, but need to revisit these Scriptures. Thank you!
    Cynthia recently posted..Scars and Blessings~

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  4. Denise Says: April 23, 2014 12:35 pm

    Really liked this.

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  5. Naomi@WhatJoyIsMine Says: April 24, 2014 9:24 am

    Barbie…thank you so much for letting me hang out here for a little while and share what was on my heart. I so enjoy your blog and find much encouragement when I visit. Have a sweet rest of the week in the Lord friend.
    Naomi@WhatJoyIsMine recently posted..It’s Here! Homemaking Books Galore!

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