Scriptural Truth – Serving Others
Dorcas was a woman who lived a life of service. Let’s not belittle any act of service one does for another through pure motives. But in these few lines, let’s challenge the thought which encourages folks to only look for a random good deed to do each day. Instead, think of a life which has placed serving others as such a high priority that planning, dedication, sacrifice and success are all elements of ones life. Perhaps there is an area of gray or judgment to be made, but let’s study the one verse which describes Dorcas’ life and see which one seems to best describe her. At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. Acts 9:36
She was a member of the Lord’s church who did “good works.” She did good works to the point her life was “full” of them. Full means it is not possible to contain more.
She fulfilled needs through charitable deeds. “Alms deeds” or “charitable deeds” are acts of service we do in addition to the gift we offer to the Lord each Sunday. Notice the scriptures record the benevolent service as the kind of life which she lived. It is what “she did. Fishing or Hunting may be what someone does. Flying, farming or accounting may be what you do. But in service to God and others, what is it that you do? There are those who give so much of their life to a ministry we could comfortably say, that is what they do. Ministering services are greatly affected by those doing them. Not because they have found random things to do, but because they plan to make a difference for the glory of God. Instead of doing enough to relieve the conscience, let’s set a higher standard which says, I want to serve others, help others long term. I want to make a lasting difference for the glory of God. Beginning with this Christmas and throughout the new year commit to serving others and doing good and see how greatly blessed you will be. Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook