Luke apprenticed himself to Paul. This undertaking required both humility and discernment on Luke's part. This fact is instructive, especially in the hyper-independent and individualized West.
Modern gospel narrators that disregard this important aspect of preparation and accountability do themselves and their target group a disservice, and potentially harm. Luke understood he needed the companionship, accountability, and guidance in his journey to becoming a faithful and effective narrator of the gospel.
So do we.
Two important questions every follower of Jesus should ask are these:
- Who am I discipling?
- Who is discipling me?