Luke was a physician (Col 4:14). In those days, physicians were not as prominent as today, but they were educated and respected (Sir 38:1-12). Yet when Luke became a Christian and a disciple of Paul, it must have seemed a demotion. Now Luke was working with a ragtag group of people and wasn't even the leader. For example, when Paul had no one with him but Luke, he called for reinforcements (2 Tm 4:9-11).
Luke's presence, while not necessarily unappreciated, was not sufficient. When Paul wrote to the Colossians, he mentions and praises Tychicus, Onesimus, Aristarchus, Mark, Jesus (Justus), Epaphras, and then, almost last and almost least, Luke (Col 4:7-14). Only Demas is mentioned later than Luke, and Demas was a deserter who became "enamored of the world" and left the ministry (2 Tm 4:10).
Even though Luke "didn't get no respect" or not as much respect, he humbled himself and the Lord later exalted him (Lk 14:11). He was chosen to be the great evangelist for the Holy Spirit through his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Luke has been and is being used by the Lord in a world-changing way. Read Luke today.
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†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 6, 2006.