Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did. Acts 9:36 (NASB)
Today's thought from today's verses:
We see in today's passage that the Apostle Peter had reached the town of Joppa as he traveled and ministered throughout the regions of Israel. In the previous verse we are told that a miracle took place when God healed a paralyzed man through the Apostle Peter in the town of Lydda. When we think of miracles this is exactly the kind of thing we think of. Consider the words spoken of Tabitha in today's passage, "this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did." Is this not a miracle as well? If it could truly be said of us that we were abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which we continually did, without question it would be a miracle. Would you not agree?
We easily put ourselves in the category of not being like Tabitha and agree that it would be miraculous if we were to become like her. However, to have it happen that we became like Tabitha, would not be miraculous so much because it is so unlike us, but because it would be a work of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit does something, it is supernatural, and when something is supernatural, it is a miracle. The fruit of the Spirit is miraculous stuff. Our list of spiritual fruits are not merely qualities we pursue and try to implement into our lives. So, when it comes to the fruit of "kindness," the Holy Spirit is available, willing , and waiting to produce it in our lives. The miracle of becoming a "kind" person is not beyond our reach. It is as much a possibility and with in our grasp as we are willing to trust the Holy Spirit for.
Today's prayer response from today's thought:
Lord, I confess that I am so oriented to living life naturally. I ask that you launch me more fully on this journey of walking in step with the Holy Spirit so that I might live fully and be filled to overflowing with the fruit of the Spirit. Please show me how I can be a miracle to others today, whereby kindness comes from me to them as the Holy Spirit works in me and through me. Amen!
Posted on Fri, October 23, 2015
by Alan Porter