We tell the story of Tabitha because it shows us the awesome power of life in Christ. Tabitha the disciple learned from Jesus a giving way of life. Tabitha had become one with the Lord she followed, and that union showed in how she lived, how she cared for others, how she directed her resources.
It is easy for us to sell ourselves short. Women have a way of discounting what they do. It comes from long practice and millennia of reinforcement.
Tabitha inspires us to re-frame how we see ourselves and the impact we can have. Tabitha is not one of the stars of the New Testament. She is mentioned just once here in the ninth chapter of Acts.
Tabitha had a well-deserved reputation as an almsgiver, a philanthropist, someone whose generosity made a difference in Lydda. She also had a reputation as a disciple, someone who had learned and internalized and followed the teachings of Jesus. Someone whose life was in Christ. News that God had raised her from the dead traveled fast and had a huge impact. Through her witness, many believed in the Lord.
You too can be a philanthropist. You too can participate intimately in the life of Christ. You too can be a powerful witness. You too can make a difference.
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