As all of America watched quarterback Tim Tebow win his 4th game of the season, social networks were flooded with commentary about how Tebow was able to pull off a come back win against the Jets.
One person Tweeted:
"I have to get on #TeamJesus, Tebow wins again."
Another person said:
"All Tim Tebow has to do is start telling teams it's no defense against prayer and he will have opponents shook."
"God really listens to Tim Tebow's prayers."
Tim Tebow knew something in his spirit before the rest of the world did: God can do anything. The last tweet Tebow sent before tonight's game was Colossians 3:15 which reads:
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. (New Living Translation)
How nerve wracking must it have been for Tebow, a 2nd-year quarterback with all of the sports world calling his success "rookie luck", taking over a team after Kyle Orton, to enter the world's stage and play the Jets. The nervousness must have been unsettling. The pounding beat of his heart probably resounded louder than the thousands of fans screaming in the stadium. But in that same heart, lived the peace of Christ found in Colossians 3:15.
How can this rookie QB face such great obstacles and win time after time after time?
He has a personal relationship with Christ. There's no other explanation.
While he was a stellar college player, his skill set doesn't necessarily scream star QB with a precision robo-arm and down field advantage vision. He's always loved the game of football, enjoyed being a part of the team, and played just like "one of the boys."
His open relationship with Christ is the only thing that separates him from his peers. It is, in essence, his winning advantage.
Christ is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6) and through Him and Him alone are way able to achieve unmerited favor and continual success that never plateaus.
Tebow has the "formula" down to a science: honor God privately and publicly, live a life reflective of what His Word says, and love others how God loves you.
Tim Tebow isn't more special than you or me. There's no secret to his success -- the favor God has shown on his life is there for all of us. Because of Jesus Christ, we have the ability to win, win, win just like Tebow does.
It might not be on the field, but in our respective places, we can have the same "surprising" success as Tebow. If only we would commit our lives to Christ as he has.
If you're reading this and wanting to really tap into what makes Tim Tebow special, just say this simple prayer:
Dear God, I believe that you sent your son Jesus to die on the cross for me. I believe that he died and rose again and because of that, I no longer have to lose at life. I can live victoriously through you and receive all of the blessings you have in store for me. Because of you, I win. I thank you the blood that was shed for me and I receive not only your forgiveness, but your love. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
The walk from this point may not be easy. Tim Tebow, you, me, and the millions of other believers don't parade our faith to show that we're better than someone else or that we're perfect. But what showing our faith to others does is remind the world that the "formula" to life doesn't come in a bottle, a pill, an ideology, success, degrees, or promotions.
They come from God.
Letting my faith shine like Tebow,
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