Sunday, February 7th, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 98)
Star Players: Luke*
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of The Word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.
Luke 1:1-4 (NASB)
Scholars say Luke wrote his Gospel for us: outsiders who came to faith, like he did. Also that Matthew was written for Jews, Mark for Romans and John for all people. Luke, a physician and worker with Paul, traveled and interviewed God's key players in the Life and times of Jesus, the Man. His inspired authorship is elegantly detailed with unique information.
Consider the life and work of Luke:
1) Luke is my pastor's favorite Gospel, 'Because it was written to everyday people who had no prior knowledge of how God was going to work in this life.' **
2) Luke is the only non-Jewish writer to pen a part of God's New Testament. Of note, he also wrote the Book of Acts: stories and glories of the early church.
3) As an educated professional, the much-loved physician left it all: home, practice, comfort and security to travel with a ball of fire named Paul.
4) Preaching Jesus to alien cultures was a thrilling, but dangerous calling. They fought arrogance and idolatry, and persevered through smiles, tears, whips and chains.
5) Luke's careful, organized dedication to the cause of Jesus Christ (and His church) left a timeless and eloquent tribute to God's Son and His emerging saints.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What can a godly healer teach you? Maybe deference to the Great Healer. Maybe your higher education will be used toward a brand new goal. Maybe not to marry your practice, but to know you're already engaged. Maybe as Christ's bride to stay ready: to follow Him to places unknown. Maybe outsiders turned insiders become relatable witnesses--of the joy and peace found in Jesus.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: What can we learn from the life of Luke? http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Luke.html
* Short article: Who was Luke in the Bible? http://www.gotquestions.org/Luke-in-the-Bible.html
* Short article: The Bible Book of Luke (BibleHub): http://biblehub.com/luke/
* Short article: Preface to the Gospel of Luke (BibleOrg): https://bible.org/seriespage/preface-gospel-luke
* Excellent Introduction to the Book of Luke in outline form (BibleOrg): https://bible.org/seriespage/introduction-luke
** My pastor is Dr. George S. Dillard III of Peachtree City Christian Church: http://ptc3.com/about/peachtreecitycampusstaff/; http://amtcworld.org/ministry/about/
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.