Biblical Example

Tabitha in Acts 9:36-42

Theme verse

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light so shine before men and women, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.


  • Patient
  • Others-centred
  • Sees needs and finds joy in meeting them
  • Shows love through action more than words
  • Attaches value to even menial tasks


  • Remember that although “words are no substitute for actions,” “actions are no substitute for words.” In Romans 10:14 Paul says that we must verbally tell people about Christ. You can do this in many ways as you point to Him as the central motivation for your acts of services.
  • Do not underestimate the value of your service. Your style will reach those persons who are the most negative, sceptical and hardened toward God. Acts of loving service are hard to resist and difficult to argue with.
  • Practice good self-care! Be discerning as to how much you can do realistically, without depriving yourself or your family of needed care and attention.

Suggestions for using and developing this style

  • Find creative, non-imposing ways to communicate the spiritual motivation behind the physical acts of service you offer others. It could be through a word, a card, an invitation in response to thanks for your service.
  • Seek God daily for opportunities to serve others on behalf of God. The Holy Spirit will open your eyes to areas you would have missed.
  • Be careful not to impose your service on others. Pray for wisdom so you will know where to invest your efforts in ways that will be open for the Holy Spirit to work in and through you.
  • Team up with friends who have other styles that may be better matched to the personality if the person you hope to reach.