July 20, 2015

5 Ways Dr. Luke Affected My Life and Yours

As a cadet in my high school's NJROTC, the one thing that I learned that is still true today, is that some of the most effective leaders are the one's working behind the scene. These individuals play a huge role in the success of any organization or ministry. 

They lead without being seen by man and without saying a word. They don’t need to be seen or out in front, yet many times, what they do has the greatest affect on an organization as a whole.

Having written both the book of Luke, and the book of Acts, Dr. Luke is credited for writing roughly 27% of the NT.

Dr. Luke was greatly involved in the Acts of the early Christians, but is seldom, if at all, mentioned. He played a pivotal role, if not the most important role in the building of God's ekklesia.

Believe it or not, he affected my life and yours.

  1. Dr. Luke made it possible for you and me to know, hear and to read the story of the early Christians.

    As you read the book of Acts, notice how the Lord places Luke in the right places at the right time.

  2. Luke made it possible for us to know many people including Peter, who stood up boldly on the day of Pentecost and preached salvation unto all that would hear him.

    Luke's writings illustrated how Peter and John laid hands and the people were healed.

  3. Luke made possible the opportunity to know how Stephen was stoned to death for Jesus' sake. In Acts 7:54-60  he tells us that, “he was a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit.”

  4. Luke shared with us events that sparked a revolution that turned the world up-side-down.

    He knew that if the church was to grow and advance, you and I would need a map, a how-to-manual. The book of Acts is just that. Luke knew that someone had to keep a written account of who, what, when, where and how. He knew that someone would have to tell the story.

  5. Luke introduced us to “one of the most influential teachers of mankind. The renowned German scholar, Adolf Deissmann, once declared: “There is no single person since Nero’s days who has left such permanent marks on the souls of men as Paul the New Man.” 
    For most of Paul's evangelistic travels, Dr. Luke was by his side.

    In Acts 27, we read Luke’s account of the storm he and Paul encountered on their way to Rome. Notice, out of all that Luke wrote, he never complained about the storm or his situation.

    He was in the midst of a “Euroclydon” and the ship that they were in was being tossed back and forth. The men on the ship were throwing things overboard in order to keep the ship afloat. Luke never complained, neither does he mention himself during the entire ordeal.
Luke was determined to be a functioning member of the body. He understood that the gift of writing could be used to edify the body of Christ. Some say he convinced Paul to do the same. Hence, Paul's 13 letters to the various gatherings of believers. 

Luke's commitment to Jesus and his calling, show us that no matter if you are in front, in between or behind the scenes, you can still change the world!

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