He is the only known Gentile (non-Jew) author in the entire Bible and wrote the gospel bearing his name as well as the book of Acts (Act 1:1). The references to “we” indicate Luke became a close companion of Paul’s and a behind-the-scenes helper (Act 16:11-28:16; 2 Tim 4:11; Phm 1:24). He was a Greek doctor (Col 4:14). Although he probably never personally met Jesus, he diligently researched and checked the facts, interviewing the disciples and eyewitnesses, then carefully and faithfully recorded his observations and findings (Lk 1:1-4).   

The only references to him are listed above. He lived around the time of Christ and the early church.

Lessons from his life: * He diligently ascertained the facts, ensuring their total accuracy before recording and passing this information on. If only we were as loyal to the truth! Gossip and exaggeration are distortions of facts or unsubstantiated evidence fueled by people’s wrong motives. Am I known for speaking the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

* He was a trustworthy, humble support person. He did not draw attention to himself, but was invaluable to the ministry of Paul. Am I prepared to give myself similarly, not receiving any public profile or acclaim, so that another’s ministry can be effective and, especially, the Kingdom of God be advanced?

See also: accuracy, facts, Luke (Lk).