Daily Devotional 11-11-19

Ordinary but Extraordinary 
By Velma Tim

A woman who was a follower lived in the city of Joppa. Her name was Tabitha, or Dorcas. She did many good things and many acts of kindness. One day she became sick and died. After they had washed her body, they laid her in a room on the second floor. The city of Lydda was near Joppa. The followers heard that Peter was at Lydda and sent two men to ask him to come at once.  Peter went back with them. When he came, they took him to the room. All the women whose husbands had died were standing around crying. They were showing the clothes Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter made them all leave the room. Then he got down on his knees and prayed. He turned to her body and said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes and looked at Peter and sat up.  He took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then he called in the faithful followers and the women whose husbands had died. He gave her to them, a living person. News of this went through all Joppa. Many people put their trust in the Lord Acts 9:36-42

It is often common in life to despise the ordinary, look down on the talents God has given us.  We imagine that our influence is so little, and we do not matter. Sometimes society has a way of measuring people and when we do not meet up to expectation, we look down on our small impact.

Dorcas was an ordinary disciple of Christ, nothing like the great apostle Peter, Paul, etc. She did not teach Sunday school classes or small groups. She did not hang out with the wealthy; rather her companions were widows. She was gifted with the ability to make clothes and she faithfully used that ability to meet the needs of those around her. That became her ministry: clothing the widows.

This ordinary woman with the ordinary ministry of making clothes for widows made such an extraordinary impact on the community that they had to send Peter to pray and raise her from the dead.

What makes our life extraordinary is not our platform, social or economic status; rather it is how we allow God to use our ordinary lives, gifts, and talents for the good of others and His church.

PRAYER: Lord, use my life, gifts, and talents to do extraordinary things for your kingdom.