Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
Do-Gooders (Part 8)
The Tim Tebow Effect
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)
Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they'll be won over to God's side and be there to join in the celebration when He arrives.
1 Peter 2:12 (The Message)
When Tim Tebow became a football star, helping the Florida Gators succeed in much-watched national championships, his Bible-Versed cheeks got major air time. Social media went over the top to find the meaning of John 3:16.
By playing his game with fierce excellence, Tim witnessed Christ without saying a word. In a sport showing mean-muscled guy stuff, Tebow strutted his buff-ness with the best. He may have beat a lot of other teams, but the one he beat hardest was Satan.
Because football is huge entertainment, because Tim moved forward into the pros, he's a role model performer for Christ: a do-gooder working through media. Tim does not hide or compromise his faith. Instead, he publicizes it deftly: never condemning, always affirming.
Within the fellowship of believers, Tim is a frequent center-stage speaker. Within the fellowship of U.S. sports, Tim is one of the guys: a team player. He's too smart to throw the causes of Christ at wide receivers who aren't yet open.
Now when Tim makes heartfelt moves off the field, like praying with a guy in a seizure, comforting passengers on an airplane or visiting a gay friend who was shot, even the liberal press is impressed with his major league acts of doing good.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: The Tim Tebow Effect is working. With his inarguably good acts, he's a wise ambassador for Christ. Tim's talent and hard work won him fame. Now he's using it beautifully.*
If you copy his modern method: 1. Perfecting your talents with hard work, 2. Gaining the attention of the world, 3. Then performing like heroes off stage... you, too, will become stars for the Lord.
To Be Continued...
* New York Post: Tim Tebow helps 'save' man having seizure: http://nypost.com/2016/10/11/tim-tebow-helps-save-man-apparently-having-seizure/
* ABC News: Tim Tebow Leads Passengers in Prayer After In-Flight Emergency, Witness Says: http://abcnews.go.com/US/tim-tebow-leads-passengers-prayer-flight-emergency-witness/story?id=40172875
* Sport Illustrated: Tim Tebow visits Orlando shooting victim in hospital: http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2016/06/22/orlando-nightclub-pulse-shooting-tim-tebow-visits-victim-hospital
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.