I love football. I have loved it since I was about six years old. I am also a Christian. A bible believing, Jesus loving, Christian fanatic. In no way do I want to diminish what I am about to say. So here it goes.
Tim Tebow is not a prophet. He is not some high, almighty, super human. He is simply a man who loves Jesus. Tebow is a man with a mission, but not the man who makes the mission.
Since this last Sunday, I have been hearing the media show people who say that because Tebow threw 316 yards, God must want him to win. Let’s be real. God is not on your side. God is not on my side and certainly God is not on Tim Tebow’s side.
Just because he threw 316 yards, does not mean that it equates to John 3:16. It means that Tim had a great day at work. He did his job the way his bosses wanted him to. He worked with his team to create an exciting, yet tense, game. He did what he has been called to do.
When we start to elevate people to places they are not meant to be, we create idols. Unfortunately, creating an idol is placing something or someone in place of God and He doesn’t like that. The first commandment God gave to Israel was, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.”
What comes before God? Nothing. Who comes before God? No one. That’s it. God wants to be first in our lives. He does not want some replacement that we created, whether it be in our minds or hearts. God wants to be first and I know that Tim Tebow believes that. He has stated it, publicly.
So what about the 316 yards. Can’t it equate to some sort of sign from God? Here is what Jesus said about those who seek signs.
“A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” – Matthew 16:4 (NIV 1984).
When we look for signs and wonders over what the word of God says, then we idolize the circumstances instead of the Savior. Did you notice that Jesus referenced Scripture? He knew that the time Jonah spent in the fish represented His time in the grave. That was the only sign they needed. They only needed what was stated in Scripture. No light from the sky. No voice in the darkness. No supernatural, spooky, yet convincing event. Just Scripture.
The same holds true for us. We only need the Scriptures. How many times do you see people looking for some miraculous piece of toast with a saint burnt into it? How many times do people believe that if they wear the same clothes each week, their team is going to win? How many so called spiritual advisers say they can read your future but can’t tell you where the paper towels are in the supermarket?
Unfortunately, our society has made God insignificant, unreal and just another crutch. We have been raised to believe that if we see special signs and wonders, many great blessings will come our way. However, that is not the case. We have the Scriptures to lead us in the directions we need to go. Only by studying the Word of God can people understand and see the hope that lives in our hearts. Only by reading and hearing of the Scriptures can people be lead to Christ. No superhuman has the ability to do that. Only the supernatural working of God can people believe in Jesus Christ.
I do want to say this. I am not a Denver Broncos fan, but I am a Tebow fan. I have heard him speak and believe his heart is in the right place. He is talking about his faith to people he works with. He is letting the outside world know that Jesus is the only way to God. He is a faithful servant of our King and a good quarterback to boot.
Let’s consider this. As God is not on anyone’s side, is it safe to ask, whose side are you on? It’s simple. If you believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to God, that He died for your sins, is risen and will return for His people, then you are on God’s side. If not, then you are the opponent.
God is the leader of His team. We are the players. It is up to us to do what our Coach asks us to do. It is up to us to work hard, yet rest in Him. It is up to us to spread His Word throughout this world. We are the players and Tim Tebow is on our team.
Tim Tebow is not a prophet, so don’t escalate him to that status. Only God can be first in our lives. Seek Him first and know what direction He wants you to go. God Bless and encourage someone today.