Tabitha from Acts 9 is one of those people whom many have named their kids after. She is an exemplary person of faith and the only woman in the Bible to specifically be called a disciple (not that there weren’t many others!). Last week, I mentioned how we need more Barnabas’s in the church – his name means son of encouragement. I did devotional a while back on “Being a Barnabas”. But I think it’s safe to say that we could certainly use more “Tabitha’s” as well. She was known for her continual deeds of kindness and charity. She was abounding in them! If there was a care ministry in her church, it certainly seems like she was all over it! She was serious about showing the love of Christ in practical ways. She was willing to give her free time and energy to helping others – being willing to step outside of her comfort zone – no doubt crossing social barriers that others weren’t willing to cross. She got her hands dirty to see hearts washed clean in Christ!
Her continual deeds of kindness and charity remind me of the book of Titus that we studied not too long ago. Titus is all about adorning, or beautifying, the gospel by the way we live our lives (Titus 2:5, 10). Just as we decorate a Christmas tree and adorn it, so our lives can adorn the gospel. Our lives either support or supplant the gospel. Either prove salvation or doubt it. People are more willing to hear about our Redeemer when they see the power of a redeemed life. Tabitha’s life was one that supported and beautified the gospel. Christ had served her and now she was serving others. Check out these great verses from Titus:
Titus 2:14 says that Jesus, “…gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”
Titus 3:8 says, “This is a trustworthy statement [about our justification and hope]; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently so that those who have believed will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.”
Titus 3:14 says, “Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.
1:16 – Be fit for good deeds.
2:7 – Be an example in good deeds.
2:14 – Be zealous for good deeds.
3:1 – Be ready for good deeds.
3:5 – Remember, deeds are not the basis of salvation. Christ’s cross-work is!
3:8 – Be carful to engage in good deeds.
3:14 – Meet pressing needs and be fruitful.
Praising God for the “Tabitha’s” in our church!