We find in this passage a Biblical example of a woman whose life was exemplified by good works. In fact, she was “full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.” This had become her identity. Not bad. I find it interesting to note as well that Dorcas is the only woman in scripture referred to as a disciple (a learner and doer, a devoted follower.)
Dorcas spent her life doing good works, charitable deeds. She had chosen to die to her own wants, maybe even needs, so that her life could be invested in serving others. For what, specifically, did she give up her life? We see the evidence of some good works: tunics and garments which she had made.
For whatever reason, God chose to raise her from the dead. Could it be that her ministry in Joppa was of great value and not yet finished? Also, God felt her work of garment making was important enough to gain a place in scripture for all to read about through the ages. His ways are not our ways, are they?
Dorcas lived in a fishing village. The men here were engaged in a dangerous lifestyle; there were probably many lonely and needy widows. Dorcas was not undone by the need, not intimidated, but found a way to care for them.
We sometimes hesitate because we cannot meet the entire need in someone’s life. God does not ask us to. He simply is looking for women who will care enough to do their part. Don’t be awkward in the face of adversity; lose yourself in the interest of others. Consider their need above your own discomfort. Providing practical help is demanding but accessible to most of us in one way or another.
Some promises from God:
Great and precious promises await those who obey and look to do good, the good works for which they were created!