on sacrifice, service, and strength: [saint luke, the winged ox]

Saint Luke, The Winged Ox

Written by Dan King

Christ-follower. husband. father. author of the unlikely missionary: from pew-warmer to poverty-fighter. co-author of activist faith: from him and for him. director of family ministry at st. edward's episcopal church. president of fistbump media, llc.

December 23, 2011

Saint Luke, The Winged Ox

[serialposts]Historically, Luke has been symbolized by a winged ox or bull. It’s a figure of sacrifice, service and strength. These are the three qualities about Luke the New Testament writer that stand out the most as I try to imagine what his life would have been like.

Stepping into the work that he was about to embark upon was a sacrifice like no other. He had to know that there could a church service that he wouldn’t walk away from. It’s likely that he would be hated among family and friends, and the opposition could be terminal. So following Paul and devoting himself to this work would be a sacrifice. It required a full-on commitment.

The work that Luke was about to do would be marked by selfless service too. When we read the Book of Acts, we don’t read about “the amazing stories of Luke.” No way! He wouldn’t have it that way. Rather, he was there to document the work of others, particularly the work of God in the world. His writing wasn’t to bring himself fame or glory. But in the true definition of service, it was to point the finger at someone else.

Luke would also display a fearless and bold strength. To hang out with Luke and hear HIS stories would likely have left any of us simply in awe. This journey was going to be a fight, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. And he faced these challenges head on. Not merely from a perspective of survival, but more so with an attitude of advancement. His goal was to move the Message forward. Like a championship athlete he would have endured great obstacles and pushed through until he reached the ultimate goal.

It’s kind of funny, but the one man who I most identify with in the Bible actually has very little said about himself. Nevertheless, his mark on the world is undeniable.


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on sacrifice, service, and strength: [saint luke, the winged ox]

by Dan King time to read: 2 min