Scripture: Acts 9:32-43
Key Verses: Acts 9:36-43 36 Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. 37 At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” 39 So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40 Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. 41 He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. 42 This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43 Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.
Reflection: If we saw more things like this there might be more Christians in the world! That’s why they call this the book of Acts. Something was happening that was transforming the world. I wonder where all that went and why these kinds of miracles are so rare? Is it because we have so little faith? Is it because God has changed the way God acts in the world?
You wouldn’t want to have to produce these miracles in order to convince people to be a Christian. You would constantly be doing “tricks.” The only reason people would come to Christianity would be because there was something in it for them. They get healed. They are raised from the dead. Broken things get fixed. So now I am a Christian! That’s pretty thin stuff.
Mature love is not based on what you can do for me. We don’t love God so we can get blessed. We love God because we are blessed. There is something dead within all of us that needs to be raised. God’s love and grace comes to us in those places. It may not be a physical resurrection, but we certainly need a spiritual one. This kind of event still remains a mystery to us. But you wouldn’t want a steady diet of this anyway. It would turn Christianity into a circus!
Prayer: Lord, if you never did anything for me I would still love you. I’m grateful for my life and for the life of others. I’m grateful for your creativity in heaven and on earth. I’m grateful for the opportunity to pray. Something in me has been risen from the dead, faith, trust, love, hope, gratitude! All of these things are alive in me as I give you thanks and praise for who you are. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
Author: Steve Eason
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].