Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tebow Time

I live near Denver, Colorado. It is Bronco’s territory. I’m not a huge football fan, however, this past season, I must say I watched more Bronco’s than in the nine years that I’ve lived here. Why? Because of Tim Tebow. It was exciting to watch him. My attention was drawn to what he was capable of on and off the field.

My granddaughter Joy followed Tebow more than I did. She was able to tell us all about his trade and new position. Well, sort of. This is what she said about his new job.

“He is in back of the quarterback at the Jets.”

Now for those of you who do not know what he is doing, he is the back-up quarterback for the New York Jets. I guess it is the same thing, at least that is what she heard.

I have admired Mr. Tebow for his strong Christian belief, but more so for his willingness to share that belief with everyone. For him, it doesn’t matter who is watching or listening. And the great thing is, people did watch and listen! People are watching and listening!

On Easter Sunday morning, Tim Tebow spoke at Celebration Church in Texas. This is a portion of Jim Vertuno’s article about the morning.

“Tebow told them he welcomed the attention on his convictions as well as the ‘Tebowing’ prayer pose he often strikes on the field because it puts his faith and prayer in the public conversation. It’s being talked about,’ he said. ‘That’s exciting.’”[i]

Yes, that is exciting! I’ve often likened Tim Tebow to John the Baptizer. Not because of their dress or food choices, but because of their mission to tell people about Jesus! Each unashamed of the message to be spoken. Each unwilling to change that message. Regardless of the criticism.

We may not have personalities like Tim or John, but we are to be telling people about Jesus. In our own way. In our own circle. We are commanded to tell our story of how Jesus made a difference in our lives with unbelievers.

The Great Commission is mentioned in two of the Gospels. Matthew 28:18-20 says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Mark 16:15-16 says, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

With the message that we have, why wouldn’t we want to share this good news with the lost? We might not have the platform that Tim Tebow has, but we do have some influence in our world. With our friends, family, co-workers, even the person you’re standing in the grocery store line with.

As a co-sharer of the Gospel, we hear these words from Isaiah spoken of us. “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”

Yes, my God reigns! And I’ll shout it from the mountaintops! Thank you Tim Tebow for being such an encouragement and example to us. May each of us be the Gospel carrier God asks us to be.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,


[i] http://mycenturylink.com/news/read.php?rip_id=%3CD9U0PDCO2%40news.ap.org%3E&ps=1013&page=1

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