The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:(Acts 1:1-3)
I can remember as a child tying a piece of string around my finger to remind me to do something. Most of the time I took the string off and completely forgot what I was supposed to remember. Fast forward to today; we have so many devices to remind us of where we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to pick up. Still, somehow, we still forget to do a lot of things we are suppose to do.
As a Christian, there are some things that I shouldn’t need string or an iPhone to remind me of. I should never need to be reminded that I am a husband, a father and a Christian. These things should be forever on my mind, since they have changed my life.
Even though I do not need to be reminded of how I became a husband, a father and a Christian, I still like to think about these events in my life. I like to think back to “the good old days.” I find that when I do, I am in awe of how it all happened. It makes me appreciate the blessings that God has given me in my life.
In our verses today, we see Luke reminding Theophilus of the first volume he sent him—the Gospel of Luke. While we do not know who Theophilus was, I am sure he could not have forgotten the story of Jesus that Luke had sent him before. Luke was reminding him of those events that proved the uniqueness of Jesus, things like our Lord’s life, death and resurrection. These verses set the mood for the events Luke was now about to write about, those that surrounded the beginning of the church. The Holy Spirit’s empowering of Christians to do great things like Christ had done.
Today, before you approach God in prayer, I want you to take a second and remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Remember how these events in His life have changed your life! May you be in awe of the greatness of Jesus and approach God’s throne with a grateful and a humble heart.