In Acts 9: 36-43, we read about a woman named Tabitha who lived in the city of Joppa.
She was a Christian and did many good things for the people around her. She was a wonderful seamstress, so Tabitha made clothes for the poor all the time. But one day, she got very sick. The doctors couldn’t do anything to help her, and she died. Everyone was very, very sad because she was such a good woman.
Some of Tabitha’s friends found out that Peter, Jesus’ disciple, was close by in another town. Two of them went to Peter and asked him to come immediately. Peter did and was taken to the room where Tabitha was. Many people were there crying and began showing him all the clothes that Tabitha had made for them. Peter realized what a wonderful and kind person this lady really was.
Peter asked them all to leave the room. He prayed to the Father to raise Tabitha from the dead. Then he said, “Tabitha, get up!” And you know what? She did!
Peter called in the people and showed them she was alive and well. They were amazed and thankful to the Heavenly Father.
The news spread all over Joppa, and many people came to believe in the Lord because of what He had done for their beloved Tabitha. Then Peter stayed in Joppa for a while with the people.
We need to be kind and loving to all people, helping whenever and however we can. Our Father knows what we do — good and bad. He is proud and happy when we follow His will and will reward us with His grace and blessings. We can also influence others by what we do and say. We can be good examples for Christ and help people to believe just by the way we act towards them and what we say to them. Let’s always try to do what is right and show God’s love to everyone, so they will want to be believers, too.
Let’s say a prayer. Dear God, help us to remember to be good representatives for You. We know that You always love us no matter what, but remind us also to be kind in thought, word and deed, so people will see us as good examples of what it means to be a Christian. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Ann Moody is coordinator of Christian education for First Presbyterian Church of Gallipolis.