In Joppa there lived a disciple named Tabitha (Dorcas) who was full of good works and acts of charity. When she became ill and died, she was washed and laid in an upper room. They summoned Peter, who went with them, and arriving there he put the mourners outside, knelt down, and prayed. He said, “Tabitha, arise.” And Dorcas opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Peter gave her his hand, and raised her up. After calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive to them. This miracle of God’s power became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
Peter did not perform the miracle of Dorcas’s resurrection to a crowd of onlookers or spectators. He put everyone outside; he was neither a phony nor a showman. His heart motives were right. He sought the Lord’s power and glory alone.
Eternal God, give me today a heart of humility and service, that I may do what I do for you alone, and not to be seen and praised by others. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of all Believers
The most splendid ability and the most elaborate equipment are but the tray on which to serve the bread of life. If we put confidence in the tray instead of the bread, we are defeated from the start.
~ Roy J. Fish and J. E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism for Today.
Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1976. p.82.
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
He Is Not Here, Luke 24.1-12
Breslin, Embracing Our Priestly Nature at Work