The word establish means to; ‘achieve permanent acceptance or recognition’
Did you know, God wants to do something of great recognition in you and through you?
But He needs your partnership, your availability & your willingness to work.
Our girl today is called Dorcas, you can find her story in Acts 9: 36-43.
Dorcas lived in a town called Joppa, situated on the shores of the Mediterranean in the region of Palestine.
There was a church in Joppa, it is believed that they quite possibly gathered for worship and prayer in the home of Dorcas. We know very little about her, her age, her position in life, whether she was married or widowed … but the one thing the Bible is very clear on is that this woman was ‘Always doing good and helping the poor.’
In Verse 36, Dorcas is described as a ‘disciple’, this is a phrase used to describe those who follow the Lord Jesus and there is a difference between being a Christian and being a disciple;
A Christian – accepts, or trusts, Jesus Christ as his/her personal saviour
A Disciple – is a follower of Christ, one who accepts His discipline, acknowledges his authority and submits to his lordship.
Dorcas loved God and her discipleship was outworked in her love for people.
Dorcas was ‘always doing’, she was a seamstress, she made clothes for the poor, she repaired what was torn and worn, she made robes and other clothing – oh, she had no fancy machine to thread or any fancy foot- pedal to operate, no, Dorcas had a needle, the smallest of instruments but when you ask God to bless (work through) the little you have, and you place your gift or talent in His hands, He always makes it more than it could ever have been just in your hands alone;
Remember the stories of old;
The widow – had a little flour & oil – she baked and gave first to the man of God and He blessed her work and multiplied the produce.
David – a sling-shot & a stone. He said God I’ll work this sling in my hand, if you’ll put your hand on my life.
Jael – had a tent peg, maybe her prayer was, ‘I can physically do something with what I have in my hand, but through my actions Lord, take this enemy out!’
Well, Dorcas had a needle and through the work of her hands many lives were blessed.
Your ministry is always through what you can already do and when your works are in His hands, your ‘doing’ becomes so much more productive & effective.
This is how we worship through our work, by allowing who He is – His goodness, His kindness, His generosity to be seen through the things we do.
Verse 37 takes a sudden turn of events;
Dorcas becomes ill and dies, this was a huge loss in this small community.
It just so happens that Peter (Jesus’ disciple) was in the area at that time and went to the house were Dorcas’s body was laid out.
The people who were there mourning, all had with them a garment or some form of needlework Dorcas had created for them.
When God saw what Dorcas had done for the people, who she’d been in the community, how she’d gone above and beyond to serve with her little needle, the compassion of God went out for the people and as Peter prayed over her body, the spirit of God breathed life into her once more and Dorcas lived.
‘The favour of the Lord was upon her and the work of her hands was established through Him’
How about you girlfriend? What’s in your hand that you could bless others with and allow God to establish (give you great recognition) through what you do. How can you demonstrate the love and generosity of God in your home? Your place of employment? Your friendship circles? Your church?
James 2: 14; tells us ‘Faith without works is dead” …… if we were to look at that text in reverse what we see is without work, our faith isn’t even recognised by God or by people.
When you live your life, serving others with your gift ( maybe it’s the gift of encouraging words, or the gift of baking, or the gift of finance advising or the gift of teaching) WHATEVER it is, when you share what you have with others it attracts God’s unmerited favour towards you.
When your life is a life that blesses others it creates a platform for God to breathe into some areas you might have perceived as dead;
The dream you once had –
The marriage you’re holding on to –
The talent you haven’t used in years –
God wants to breathe life into every single area of your life.