Text: Acts 9:32-43, Proverbs 31:20, Ephesians 2:8-10, Philippians 2:14-16, Matthew 5:16
Today we are looking at a lady with a name we have probably all wished was our own. Well, maybe not; but Dorcas is an example of somebody living out the gospel, and we should strive to live a life like hers.
Have you read her story yet? Go do that if you haven’t yet.
How are you doing at living out the gospel like Dorcas?
If you die today, or when you die, what will their words be?
“Full of good works and acts of charity.”
“Mourned by ALL the widows, each holding garments she has made for them. “
Scripture speaks often about how works do not equal salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10), but how we must live lives filled with good works in order that people will praise God (Matthew 5:16).
How are you doing at that?
If that question discourages you, don’t let it! Instead of wallowing in your lack of good works, sit up straight, friend, and make a change! Look to Jesus, the ONE who is good, and ask for His aide to live out the purposes and plans He has for your life.
And since one call we have as Christ followers is to love our neighbor, as Dorcas demonstrates well, we can know that He will help us to do that.
Dorcas was not known for grumbling, but for good works (Colossians 4:5-6), not for her pride, but for her generosity (Proverbs 31:20), not for any arrogance, but for much wisdom.
So today, tomorrow, and every day following, let’s live in such a way that others praise our Father in heaven.
Special thanks to Nadine Schroeder for contributing today’s guest post.