Can one Christian – willing to step out in faith, with courage – make a difference in today’s world?
Tim Tebow, former professional football quarterback (Denver Broncos, New York Jets) life’s witness, testifies a resounding – Yes!
While a junior at the Univ. of Florida, Tebow wrote/wore a Bible verse in the eye black under his eyes. While his Gator teammates were writing their mom’s name or their area code under their eyes, Tim chose Bible verse, Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Within a few weeks, Phil. 4:13 merchandise started selling at the Gator bookstore and thousands of fans were wearing Phil. 4:13 under their eyes.
On January 8, 2009, in the BCS championship game, Tim sensed God leading him to change the Bible verse to John 3:16 – the verse Tim calls the “essence of Christian hope” – 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. January 9, 2009, Los Angeles Times headline read: “Tim Tebow delivers John 3:16 message without saying a word.”
Exactly three years later (to the night), on January 8, 2012, Tebow led the Denver Broncos to an amazing victory as they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. As Tebow wore his famous John 3:16 eye black under his eyes, the numbers 3 and 16 were quickly becoming the stats of the game:
- Tebow threw 316 yards
- Threw 3.16 yards per pass
- Steelers finished the game with a 31.06 time of possession
- Yards per completion were 31.6 (highest single-game postseason completion average in NFL history).
- CBS ratings peaked at 31.6
During the game, 90 million people Googled John 3:16. Twitter shut down for a time as it got overloaded by excited fans talking about the game. Twitter had 9,400 tweets per second – a record for a sporting event.
When asked about the stats of the game Tebow says, “A lot of people say the stats are a coincidence, I say, Big God!”
Tim said he used to think football was just about winning, but now he knows God is so much bigger than that. He says “God can take the games were involved in, the jobs we have, the things we’re doing, and transcend them to be so much more than that.”
Tim Tebow believes the God he loves and serves is the God of miracles. He is able to do amazing things in and through us if we are willing to give Him our “fish and loaves of bread.”
It seems God used the ‘fish and loaves’ Tim offered Him (Bible verses written in eye black, Tim’s public acknowledgments of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior), then stretched out His hand through the game stats and shouted a loud Amen from heaven for millions of football fans to witness!
Think about what each one of us could accomplish if we too – are willing to step out in faith with courage each day – to make a difference in our world.