Did you ever notice how the gospel of Luke starts?
I never noticed anything different about it until recently*. The gospel starts with this declaration by Luke
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. Luke 1:1-3
Luke kind of starts off saying, “I’m not doing anything extra-special“, “a couple of guys have done it too” “But here is my shot at it“.
But why would he invest his life in doing something so un-unique?
I’d like to share this story I heard recently.
According to the lady involved, she had taken a commercial bike (Okada is the Nigerian code word for that) to ensure she met up with the timing for the next bus she was meant to be on
The bike-man instead of dropping her at her bus stop took her to the bus stop after that. As you can imagine, she was not in the best mood as she alighted, seeing that she had missed her preferred connection
Her sour mood lasted only for a short while once she found out that the vehicle she was meant to get on was involved in an accident in which lives were lost.
I can’t say I completely understand why some things happen but the truth is that God does all things in this world. I know that some of you were taught in Sunday School that God does not do some things but He just allows them to happen.
Some years ago, a leader of one of the largest church movement in Nigeria was interviewed on certain aspects that differentiate his church
During the early days of his movement, members had refused to own television sets while those that owned refused to turn it on again. Beware the power of the TV a.k.a. devil’s box
The interviewer asked him why this was so. The leader was very candid – hindsight, as they say, is 50:50.
He owned to the fact that he had grown up living his spiritual life with a focus on a prescriptive plan – a method for holiness. So, he applied that to all he did. This ended up becoming part of the theology of the movement he started.
As I write, the movement has a television ministry and even an internet lifestream for their programs
One of the most candid part of the interview was when he said “…things changed over the years, because of increasing maturity. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, but now that I am an adult…”
I don’t know if you remember the dying story of King Hezekiah in the bible. Actually, it’s more like the back-to-life tale.
According to the story, Hezekiah was seriously sick and it looked like it was time to cross the other side for him. Well, Isaiah the prophet came over to visit and told him that God had punched his card – it was closing time.
King Hezekiah, like any Christian, decided to ask for more time. Guess what? Isaiah came back to tell him that God was giving him fifteen more years to live.
He really must have been seriously sick because after he recovered guests came all the way from Babylon to check him out. He was so excited to have them that he decided to do a show-off party of everything he had – I think it was his way of impressing them.
They were probably impressed with what they saw that. And guess what? Isaiah told him afterward that all the stuff he used for show-off would eventually be owned by the Babylonians in the future – talk about long-term strategic positioning.
I’ve got this rather amusing story someone told me a while back that I’d like to share with you.
A pastor was traveling with a group of people when the car developed a flat tire. I bet like all good folks, you’d expect that the next step would be for someone to come out and change the tire for the spare.
Well, the pastor in question had other ideas. The first question he asked was “who has not been paying his/her tithe regularly?” As it turns out, the driver was guilty of the charge. And in an act of seemingly righteous vindication, the pastor sacked the driver on the spot.
So, there we have it, your tithe is an immunity against the usual events of life. The story would have been funny if it was not true.