“Luke, a Gentile Physician, a man of God.” Luke and Acts

Hello Loves, ?

Do you realize how wonderful and important you are? As a child of God, you are indeed. Lets talk about sharing that knowledge with our fellow humans through our gifts and look to a man called Luke as we consider how God uses each of us. Luke was a physician who became a man of God. He’d already given his life to helping and healing people’s bodies, but when he “met” Christ through his close friend the Apostle Paul and, we suspect, Jesus’ mother, Mary, he began to attempt to minister to Spirit, Soul, and Body realizing they function best when all are whole. He is the only known Gentile author in the New Testament. He wrote two books as he explored “knowing” the Holy Spirit, God the Father, and our Magnificent Messiah. He did not seem to know the impact or reach his work would ultimately have but he acted on what God called him to do as a writer. He wrote a wonderful book of the Gospel, around A.D. 60, which of course is “Luke” in the New Testament, and followed that up with a beauty called “Acts” between A.D. 63 and 70, one of the prized connecting links between Christ’s life and the Church.

Ironically, Luke wrote both of these books to just one man called Theophilus (“One who loves God”), because he wanted this man to know the wonderful things the Spirit had shown him as he was living out his powerful transformation. Luke asked the Lord to speak truth through him to those in his world. The Word tells us that he spent many days with Paul, even when Paul was in prison, because the apostle was one of the only ones that held most of the truth to be told at that time.
In the great Gospel, “Luke,” he wrote about Jesus, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the Disciples, Herold the great, Pilate, Mary Magdalene, and more. In “Acts”, he wrote of Jesus, Peter, John, James, Stephen, Philip, Paul, Barnabas, Cornelius, James (Jesus’ brother), Timothy, Lydia, Silas, Titus, Apollos, Agabus, Ananias, Felix, Festus, Agrippa, himself, and many others. That tells us people matter. Through an in depth look, he offers a picture of the diversity of people that were part of Jesus’ story. Perhaps so that we, today, might catch a glimpse of ourselves in those early believers and witnesses and how we “fit” into The Great Story. He was a gifted man of detail the Lord impressed to bring the Truth of Christ to us all. His namesake book within The Gospels is credited as being the most comprehensive of any written. He stresses Jesus’ relationships with people, emphasizes prayer, miracles, and angels. He records inspired hymns of praise and gives a prominent place to women that was brought out and about by Jesus. He loved the Lord and wanted the world to know about Him.
The bottom line was that he was simply a man that wanted to “tell the Good News.” This is a calling for most followers of Christ. Luke’s “way” was through writing. Maybe you’re a writer. Maybe you have the gift of speaking well. Or maybe you’re a visual artist. Whatever your gift may be, each of us who have “met” Christ have a story to tell that can touch others. Let us always be aware of that fact and be prepared to share the wonderful news of God’s Love for each of us. Or listen to that voice within that encourages us to that end in new and creative ways. Each story is vital and helps the world when shared with one or many. It is the purpose behind “the gifts” that are given to us by Spirit.
Love you so, Precious One. YOU are an important part of the Lord’s plan to tell the Good News to all. Christ loves us. So many do not know that. Let all who will listen be told.?
Poppa B.

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