Dorcas in Greek also known as Tabitha in Hebrew was the name of a disciple of Jesus, who was raised to life after her death by the apostle Peter. Peter kneeled down and prayed for her resurrection and God miraculously raised her to life. Dorcas was known to be full of good works and a giver of alms to those in need (Acts 9:36-42).
What can we learn from Dorcas?
Dorcas was a disciple, meaning she had faith and was a follower of Jesus Christ.
Dorcas was full of good works and helper of the poor, meaning that her faith was followed by action.
From Dorcas, we can learn that faith and action must go hand in hand; for faith without action is dead (James 2:17).
Acts 9: 36-42 (KJV)
36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.