In his gospel account, Luke states that he set out to write “an orderly account” of the life of Jesus and the events surrounding it. As you read his account, the depth of research he did becomes quickly evident. His attention to the details—especially in giving the historical backdrop to the story—surpasses the other gospel writers. For example, the third chapter of Luke begins like this:
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah… (Luke 3:1-2).
Luke pinpoints the exact time in history from many different angles. Matthew, Mark and John don’t offer such precision about times and places. Of course, their purposes for writing were different than Luke’s. But I find it fascinating that each writer’s personality shines through in how he tells the story. Yet each one is a part of the inspired Word of God.
Although each of us in the Body of Christ is different, we all have a purpose. God will use our individual personalities, our backgrounds, our education—all of it—to bring about His plans and purposes. Stop looking at others and wishing you had their gifts and abilities. Just as Luke is different from the other gospel writers, God gave you your own unique set of strengths for furthering His kingdom.