By the time the game began, even the most aggressive antagonists were fearful of predicting his demise. When the game was over, analysts sighed in relief as the laws of physics, seemingly absent during much of the NFL season, once again rested on their designated shelves. Brady wins; Tebow loses.
Or does Tebow lose? The hype surrounding this phenomenon will not go away. While it has been sent to the locker room this year by the hands of an amazingly skilled Tom Brady, it will return next season, and who knows…
I confess. For what little interest I have in professional football, I too found myself perched on a recliner at game time. I shamelessly located an obscure seat on the bandwagon and silently cheered, “Tebow! Tebow!”
Regarding Tim Tebow, I can borrow the words of a famous disciple of Jesus and say, “I do not know the man.” However, recognizing the emphasis he places on his faith, I think I can understand what drives him to be who he is.
Paul once wrote a letter to a group of struggling believers in the city of Corinth. They were not struggling in the same manner as many of the Christian churches in that day were. It was not the persecution of the believers that Paul needed to address. Instead, he wrote to admonish their worldly behavior.
In effect, they weren’t being persecuted like most of the churches because they didn’t look like the Church. They looked like the world. They acted like the world. They were unrecognizable from the world. Why would the world persecute them?
Throughout the pages of his letter, Paul paints a pair of portraits for his readers, describing the contrasting differences between living in the world and living in Christ. He delves into matters such as sexual purity, proper worship, and the relationships believers have with one another.
By the ninth chapter of his letter, Paul is ready to reveal the right mindset of every Christian and their ministry. There he asks of them, “Don’t you know you’re in a race?” In essence, Paul describes the new life in Jesus Christ as a race that must be run. But Paul goes on to conclude, “Run the race with every intent to win!” 1 Corinthians 9:24
I can’t personally speak on his behalf regarding his faith, but Tim Tebow plays football with this verse written all over his jersey. And he rightly should. We are all called to do everything we do as if doing it for God, for in effect, we are.
Paul though, has something much more urgent in mind. He is writing, much like the author to the Hebrews, of the race of faith. There, the author describes this race, as so important it is necessary to remove all hindrances. Hebrews 12:1
These are hindrances that aren’t necessarily bad. We know this because the author goes on to say ‘and the sin’ after telling the reader to ‘lay aside every weight.’
Good or bad, the author is encouraging believers to examine their lives and ensure there is nothing that is keeping them from running a profitable race for Jesus Christ, and more importantly, winning that race.
Will I find myself interested in the hysteria surrounding Tim Tebow again next season? Probably, but I’d rather think by this time next year I’ll be carrying a little less weight, and as the author to the Hebrews goes on to say, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”