She was full of good works and acts of charity. - Acts 9:36
If someone had to describe you in one sentence, what would that sentence be? The one above it pretty darn good. It was said of a woman named Tabitha and was written down as scripture for us to read over the centuries - including today.
Tabitha is a great example for us of the impact a life of good works has upon others. Tabitha was a disciple of Jesus, she became ill and died. Her friends mourned deeply for her. So much so that two men, also disciples, went to get Peter. The scripture says that “Peter rose and went with them.” When he arrived the widows were weeping and showing him the garments that Tabitha had made for them. Peter put the mourners outside, prayed and Tabitha was brought back to life. Because of this many believed in Jesus. This true story is found in Acts 9:36-43.
This blog coordinates with chapter 14 in Barbara Hughes’ book, Disciplines of a Godly Woman.
How important are good works in the life of a believer? Exceedingly. As James says, “I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18. Good works flow from the inside out. They are what is produced when a heart has been redeemed by God and is consumed by the truth of his Word. If you have true faith, you will have good works.
Before going further let’s make this clear: you will never be saved by anything you do. Ever. No amount of church attendance, communion consumption, baptismal dunks, mission trips, millions donated or copious good deeds will get you even an inch closer to acceptance by God. You can’t even choose Jesus without him first calling you. This is because God says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Eph. 2:8-9. God alone gets boasting rights of grace given as a gift. Take God at his Word and do not twist it.
Yet, God has great things for us to do once we are his. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10. The Ultimate Creator not only handcrafted each of us but also the tasks we are to do while here on earth. Our job is to walk forward and be actively involved in what God has planned.
We do this all for the glory of God. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matt. 5:16. When we serve others, we do so while speaking our love for our Savior. When we help the hurting we do so while sharing the reason for our hope - Jesus Christ. “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” Ps. 115:1.
Where do we start? Right where God has placed you. Let your good works overflow within the sphere of influence God has assigned you - your family, your neighbors, and your community, but especially to the Church, local and worldwide. “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Gal. 6:10.
Ladies, the intentions of God are upon your life. Walk in the good works prepared for you long ago, knowing God designed you for them. Like Tabitha, let it be said of us, “She was full of good works and acts of charity.” All for the glory of our great God.