Saturday, April 17, 2010

Most excellent

The gospel of Luke along with the book of Acts is written to a man known as Theophilus. We can likely assume that Theophilus wasn’t many things. Outside of Luke’s mention of him, we practically have no mention of him at all in the Bible. Yet, fifty-two chapters of the New Testament were written to him. This is very impressive, especially when considering the amount of finances and energies spent in order to write him these books. Ancient parchments were almost as expensive then as they are now.
Theophilus is never mentioned as being an apostle, a prophet, a pastor, or an evangelist. All we do know is that he was “most excellent”. The name Theophilus comes from the Greek words which mean Friend of God, and or beloved by God. Theophilus may have, or may have not been a lot of things, but there’s no question that he was a person who cared about what was important. Everyone of us wants to become something in life and we all have goals and ambitions. But often these goals and ambitions require us to have a series accomplishments behind us in order to obtain what we perceive as being before us.
To be considered “most excellent” in God’s eyes however, only requires us to eschew indifference and be passionate about what’s important. Henceforth, there’s no waiting period in order to be excellent, we can start right now. We don’t have to wait five or ten years to experience excellence.
There are so many things we never do because we think of ourselves as lacking so much. This is a mistake, because lacking something is not the same as having nothing. Everyone has certain and concrete qualities that God has given to them. For example,

We all have the ability to love.
We all have a measure faith.
We all have the ability to hope.
We all have the ability to laugh, cry, and share of ourselves as we see fit.

Life seems to boil down to this, “What are we doing with what God gave us?” The only way to fail is to neglect the deep pathos with which we were created. Genesis 1:26 says, “let us make man in our image.” This statement is not affirming the idea of other gods, instead its implying that when God made man there was a collective effort of forces that went into making him. Its imperative that we not repress the powerful and deeply emotional image that God put in us. There’s no arguing that Luke knew that Theophilus was a good man, but he also knew that Theophilus was trustworthy. Theophilus was not going to bury the gospel message that was entrusted to him. Theophilus was in Luke’s estimation, a man who would not only use what he had, but refused to repress it as well. Think of it, today we have fifty-two chapters of the Bible [including Acts 2:38] because of one man who met the demands of being God’s beloved friend.


Jennifer Connell said...

Bro. Prado,

I remember you preaching on this and it really impacted me. Thank you.

SadieJean said...

I ran across you blog by accident but I must say I really enjoyed this post. It was very beautiful. I really like the point you make about lacking something doesn't mean having nothing. Thank you. :)