Serving Others and the Resurrection
Read Acts 2:36-43
Have you ever met someone in your church who was a huge servant? They did everything out of selfless love and generosity. They did it to serve the LORD. Ultimately it was for an audience of One. They were very humble about their ministry. Yet everyone knew about their service to the Lord despite how they quietly served. Sometimes one only find out the extent of their service to the church after they had passed away. So when such a servant depart, it is a great loss to the church. Yet they also leave behind a great example of service to the Lord.
In Acts 9:36-43 we see such a woman who was an example of such a saint. Her name was Dorcas, she followed Christ’s example of how to humbly serve the LORD for heavenly rewards and not for earthly recognition. She reached out to widows and served others in love. According to verse 39 she helped the widows by making them tunics and garments. She also spent them “with them.” Widows can be easily forgotten by others. But not Dorcas who remembered the widows and thus she obeyed God’s command to honor and care for the widows (1 Timothy 5:3).
Then one day she got sick and died. The people who knew her and her service to the Lord were heartbroken. Look at verses 37-39 and what it says. Notice how Scripture states that Dorcas’ body was not buried right away. Which would be unusual if they were familiar with Jewish customs. Did the disciples and her friends expect and hope that God would use Peter to bring about a miracle? The LORD graciously answered their prayers as we see in verse 40-41. As a result people come to know the Lord. But then again even when Dorcas was alive the Lord was already using her testimony.
While this story has the unusual twist that God brought her back to life through Peter, we too must consider our service to God in light of the future resurrection that is promised to believers. Are you motivated to serve God and those in your community out of loving obedience to Christ? Does the thought of one day meeting your Savior face-to-face make you want to love others in a way that pleases Him?
Reflection and Discussion
- Do you know anyone that is like Dorcas in your life? Consider how their example can encourage you to serve the Lord and love others within the church.
- Are their widows in your church that you have shown love and care for? Who are the people within the church that perhaps God has placed in your heart to minister to? Consider the possibility that it might be of another generation or background. What are some possible ways you can be of service to them?
- Serving the Lord in a community might not always be easy. How does the Gospel help us desire to serve Him? Specifically, what about Jesus would make us want to serve God and love others? Similarly what about the Resurrection?