Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.
If you find this devotion meaningful, please consider supporting this ministry by sending an offering to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal. And no contribution is too small.
Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers, he came down also to the saints living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed!" And immediately he got up. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, "Tabitha, get up." Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.
When Jesus sent his disciples to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, he was giving them an extremely challenging assignment. You see, he was calling them to venture away from their personal comfort zones and to do something that had never been done before, namely to share the good news of Jesus in an alien world. And even though this was going to be difficult, he wasn’t sending them out without help. They would be inspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit. And with this inspiration, they would be able to do the same kind of work Jesus himself did. As the passage we just read shows, they would be able to follow right in the footsteps of Jesus and accomplish the same kind of things he accomplished.
And I’ll tell you, it’s just as true today as it’s ever been. You see, we are still called to go into our world and share the grace and love of God. And to do this work, we carry the inspiration of God, and we’ve been empowered to accomplish our job. And when we step out in faith, we’ll be accomplishing the same things that Jesus himself did. It’s in these footsteps that we still walk.