“Dear Theophilus, I have looked with care into these things from the beginning. I have decided it would be good to write them to you one after the other the way they happened” (Luke 1.3 NLV).
Most scholars believe that the Gospel of Luke was written by Luke, a physician and the only gentile (non-Jewish person) to write in the New Testament. He is writing his Gospel, which happens to be one of the most detailed, to a man named Theophilus. Luke is also known for writing the Book of Acts, which details the Apostle Paul’s ministry. Before Luke begins to describe Jesus’ life from his perspective, he admits that people before him have written such accounts. We have the Gospels of Matthew and Mark—both which were probably written before Luke sat down to write his point of view. No one knows why Luke decided to write his Gospel, but the world has been greatly blessed by his words. Luke could have decided against writing his account because there were already three accounts available, but God gave him an audience in Theophilus. Whether this figure was an actual man or symbolic of an audience, it was all Luke needed to take the time to write down everything He remembered of Jesus and His ministry. Sometimes we may feel God calling us to do something, but we don’t want to obey because it’s already been done before. We may feel like we have nothing special to add or that our time may be wasted. But we cannot see what God’s sees. We don’t know how our words and actions may reach people that others can’t reach. We must trust that we have a special perspective that God wants to use. God made us each uniquely, and He doesn’t want to waste what we have to offer. He knows that there is an audience out there just waiting to hear and see specifically what we have to say and show them.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” (1 Peter 4.10 NLT).