Flabbergasted! He was absolutely flabbergasted. "She's a woman!"
"Really? You don't say?" the other man said sarcastically. His expression was nonchalant, and he barely looked his direction.
Which only served to further his ire.
"She's just a woman. Isn't it her duty to do all those things? Garments, meals, mentoring younger woman, tending to orphans," he ticked the points off with his fingers. "Why does that make her a disciple?" His voice was incredulous.
"A disciple is one who follows the teachings and instructions God has given us through his son, Jesus. She teaches the young women and the orphans about Jesus, and she has the kind of servant's heart that Jesus said was necessary to be his disciple. Tell me, compared to an individual so devoted to God, what makes you a disciple?" The other man's words were said with gentleness, but there was no ignoring the sting they inflicted.
Was he right? It's not as if this was the first time such a thing had occurred. God had never ignored women. He had heard many recollections of prophetesses of old. Why when Jesus was just a baby, a prophetess named Anna had spoken over him. Had he been to quick to judge Tabitha, just because of her physical station?
He mumbled about needing to tend to some goats, and shuffled away from the other man.
Based on Acts 9:36
"Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity." Acts 9:36
Tabitha/Dorcas was a disciple.
Yes, a disciple.
This isn't a "girl's rule, boy's drool" post, so please don't think that. This is a station post.
Despite Tabitha/Dorcas' station in life, she determined to be a disciple of Jesus. And she succeeded. She lived a life of service and devotion to God, and was rewarded with the title that faithful service deserves.
She overcame preconceived notions, and served God. She overcame preconceived notions BY serving God.
What about you? Man, woman, child, adult. Person whose spent their life running from God, or doing everything possible to destroy God. Person from broken home. Broken person. Person without fancy education. Servant. Person who serves without recognition. What are the preconceived notions about you?
Do they matter to God?
Just serve God. Love God. Blow those boxed ideas about the limited person you can be sky high. People may try to determine your station in life, but it's really God who gives them out. No matter your past or physical station in life, you can be a disciple. You can be a follower of God. You can be everything He's called you to be.
Yes, you can be a disciple.
V. Joy Palmer