This is kind of an odd experience for me because I’m really not a huge football fan. But every time I watch the replays or hear the stories on the news, I seriously get chills and can’t wipe the huge cheesy smile off my face.
And here is what I think I love about it. Tim Tebow is a stand-up guy – poised, humble, always has taken the high road no matter what has been said about him. Clearly, he is unashamed of his devotion to Christ.
From my limited understanding of football, the Broncos have been something of an underdog most of the season, and it has been these crazy miraculous wins that they manage to pull off.
Tebow has gotten just as much attention for his faith as he has for his football ability. And I think that people are beginning to really wonder if the two just might be connected.
And I think God has Tebow’s back because of all the attention Tebow gives God. You can’t really separate Tebow from his faith. It’s as much a part of his game as his actual ability.
And I think God is OK with helping Tebow pull off these crazy wins because, while the whole country is pointing to Tebow, Tebow is pointing to God. The renewed attention and fame Tebow is bringing to Christ is astounding…He is being brought to the forefront in a way that hasn’t happened around here in a long time. In fact, I read in a Yahoo! Sports article:
“The fact that Tebow had 316 yards passing and averaged 31.6 yards per pass in the game didn’t escape notice on Sunday night. Tebow wore “John 3:16” on his eye black in the 2009 BCS Championship game and has since become identified with the famous Bible message. The coincidental stats caused millions of fans to perform Google searches on the Bible passage in the past 24 hours. Here’s one more unbelievable stat: John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that the final quarter-hour television rating for the Broncos-Steelers game was, you guessed it, 31.6.
(John 3:16 reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”)”
Not that God needs help being made famous -He certainly can take care of His own name. But I think it makes God happy to have his boy be a part of this almost magical phenomenon because Tebow is not about his own glory. It’s like He takes a real joy in making this I’d-never-believe-it-if-I-didn’t-just-see-it type of endings happen.
You can’t stand up and take notice of Tebow with taking notice of who Tebow is devoted to – namely, Jesus Christ. And everything we love about him is just an image on a smaller scale of the God He serves.
So, I don’t know if you can love Tebow without at least asking if there might be something to this God he serves and loves and honors with every play on the field as well as who he is off the field.
I feel pretty sure that if God wasn’t off His throne and on His feet cheering at the end of that game like the rest of us, He was sitting back, nodding his head with a huge, satisfied smile on His face.