A Woman Who Makes a Difference

A Woman Who Makes a Difference


Acts 9:36-42 ~ “Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.


Today, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day. It’s a day where we honor our mothers. For some, we have the opportunity to see our mothers today to tell them and show them what they mean to us. For others, memories are all that is left. As we think about Mother’s Day, we also need to think about all the other women who touched our lives and the difference they’ve made in our lives. That’s what we want to think about today, women who make a difference.


The verses talk about a woman named Tabitha and there are only seven verses here. Only a couple of these verse tell about the actual life of Tabitha. God had these verses preserved so that we might read them today. We can see the qualities of a woman who made a difference. Let’s look at them so we can make a difference in the lives of those around us.


  1. The first thing we learn about Tabitha is that she is a disciple.
    1. This is the only time the word “disciple” is used for a woman in the Bible, so Tabitha was a special woman.
    2. Women who make a difference are disciples of Jesus.
    3. Women who make a difference belong to Jesus
    4. If a woman wants to make a difference, Jesus first must make a difference in you.
    5. You may make a difference in people’s life for today, but you won’t make any eternal difference without Jesus.
  2. Women who make a difference serve others (v.36).
    1. The call to be a disciple always includes a call to service.
    2. Service fulfills the role of a disciple
      1. Ephesians 2:10
      2. Colossians 1:10
  3. A woman who makes a difference looks to serve others.
    1. Tabitha was always doing good.
    2. She was constantly looking and thinking of ways she could help others.
    3. That’s what’s unique about a woman who makes a difference.
    4. Many women are full of good words, but women who make a difference are full of good works.
    5. Women who make a difference give of themselves.
    6. They are not looking for recognition, they’re looking for need.
    7. And anyone looking for people in need will always find them.
  4. Women who make a difference put others ahead of themselves.
    1. This takes a person who humbly acknowledges that they’re who they are only by the grace of God.
    2. Women who make a difference serve God.
    3. A woman who makes a difference lives a life of service.
  5. Women who make a difference leaves a mark on the world (v.39)
    1. Women, what mark are you going to leave?
    2. Husband, children, church
    3. You won’t know your total potential in Christ until you’re involved in serving others in the body of Christ.
    4. You can also leave a mark on the world we live in.
    5. Think about: Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong, Ann Frank, Mother Teresa.
    6. Think about all that God has done through these women, think about what God can do through you.
  6. God is looking for some women who are looking to make a difference.
    1. Are you willing to step up?
    2. Are you willing to sell out to Jesus Christ?
    3. Do you want to leave your mark on this world for Jesus?
Pastor Andy Lambert

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