But Peter sent them all outside, knelt down, and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her get up. Then he called the saints and widows and presented her alive. This became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
What I love about this, is how it looks exactly like Jesus.
If we go back to the two parallel accounts in Mark 5:35-43, and Luke 8:49-56, we see Jesus raise a the daughter of a synagogue ruler. He brings Peter, James, and John into the room with him to show them what they will be given the authority to do in his name. I love that Jesus models exactly what he wants his disciples to do, just like a Rabbi would.
And then Peter, being a good disciple, repeats the same thing later on.
He empties the room, prays, tells Dorcas to get up, and takes her by the hand. Just like Jesus did.
There were two takeaways for me from this story.
The first is that I need to have the faith that Peter has, both in the power of Jesus, and in himself, that he will be able to do the things Jesus did. What would it look like to have that sort of faith?
Would it look miraculous?
It would at the very least mean listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit, instead of the voice in my head that says, “God isn’t really going to heal that person. Don’t bother, you’ll just look foolish and make God look like he isn’t there.”
When is the last time I prayed in faith, for healing over someone who was sick?
I haven’t faithfully prayed that since I was in 6th grade, and my best friend’s mom died of cancer anyways, despite all the prayers.
What I forget is that Peter had surely seen people die, yet he still had the faith to call Dorcas back to life.
The second takeaway is the power that Jesus modeling for his disciples had. Do I model a lifestyle for people like Jesus did for his disciples? Could I be bold enough to say, as Paul did, ‘Follow me, as I follow Messiah.’?
Leadership in the Kingdom looks like having faith, modeling a life worth living, and above all serving others. I need to do a bit (a lot!) more of that in my life.