“In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.” Acts 9:36
One of my favorite books of the Bible is the book of Acts.
I’m fascinated by the detailed, eyewitness accounts of the early church’s growth and the spread of the Gospel after the resurrection of Christ. Tucked away in the verses of Acts 9 is the story of Tabitha: a disciple and hero in her own right — even though you’ve probably never heard of her.
I like to call her one of the “unsung” heroes of the Bible.
Luke, the author of Acts, shares very little about her other than the fact that she followed Christ and helped those in need.
What we do know about her was that she was a seamstress. It may not sound like much, but in just a few passages of Scripture, Tabitha teaches us that God can use what some may feel is an insignificant talent to significantly impact those we have been called to serve. Tabitha used her little gift to leave a huge legacy!
Have you ever felt like your gift was too small to be used by God? Have you ever wondered if you could make a difference in the lives of those around you? Perhaps, you’re one of God’s unsung heroes!
Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
When we offer ourselves and our gifts — big or small — to God, we too can leave a legacy.
Father, thank You for every gift and talent you have given us. Lord, help us to use them in a way that blesses the lives of Your people and brings glory to Your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Take a moment and read Acts 9:36-42 to learn more about Tabitha, the unsung hero.