Since the entire world seems to be weighing in on it as well I figure why not…Tim Tebow. Isn’t he fun? I mean don’t get me wrong, as a Tennessee football fan I hated it when he played for Florida. He was a huge thorn in our flesh. But never for one second did I doubt his character. He was solid. I even remember when I lived in Jacksonville Florida and there was this talk about a home school kid who played for one of the local high schools and had made them into a powerhouse. And all of the Florida fans were excited because he had already signed with intent to go to Gainesville. And of course being a skeptical Tennessee fan I was wondering what they were getting so excited about…enter Tim Tebow. And now look at him. He is silencing critics, naysayers and the like in the NFL. The NFL. It’s awesome. He is finding ways to win on the field and off the field and it’s just nice to see a Christian succeed in the public arena.
It’s almost as if he is living out the texts that he has turned his life over to. It brings to mind the text from Romans 8:37, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” I love the phrase used for more than conquerors in the Greek, huper nekao…best translated: Ginormous Victory. Tim Tebow is finding huper nekao and it’s almost as if he has super powers. Which of course begs me to question…where are my super powers? Why aren’t critics being silenced by my everyday actions? Why am I not impacting the culture around me in such a profound way? I think Romans 8:37 – 39 is for all of us, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We should be living as if we have super powers. We should be having an impact that shows those around us that we fear nothing, we conquer mightily because the love of Christ dwells in us richly and nothing…nothing can rob us of that. So why don’t we? Is it easier to place the hope of our success onto a Tebow? Is it easier to let someone else be the poster child for that which we feel God is calling us to be? I can almost hear the excuses now…but Tebow, he has the NFL a huge public arena…and? You have a family, a work place, a neighborhood, a church, a community, the world. What are you doing to show that you are more than a conqueror? What are you doing to gain ginormous victories for the Kingdom?
So my plea today…pray for Tim Tebow. Pray a shield of protection for someone who has stepped into the belly of the Beast and is taking a stand for Christ. But also…think about yourself. Are you stepping out to show forth Christ and give Him glory? Or are you content to let someone else have all the super powers?
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Ouch! Even though I am not a sports fan, that is still a great analogy! It reminds me also of 1Corinthians 9:22 ‘I have become all things to all men so that by all means I might save some’. By excelling at our calling, we can’t be ignored; by earning their respect, we demonstrate the relevancy of grace and disprove the caricatures. Thanks for the firmly planted boot!