Why does God love Tim Tebow so much?
Unless you are a fan of American football, you may not have heard of 24 year old Tim Tebow, the quarterback for the Denver Broncos (no, I don't know what a quarterback is either).
Tebow is the ultimate underdog having started the season as a reserve and emerging as the mastermind of some astonishing comebacks by his team. Born in the Philippines while his mother was doing missionary work, he has announced plans to build a children's hospital there. So he's talented, rich and famous, so what's not to like? Any father would be pleased for his daughter to bring Tebow home, as long as you don't mind Christians!
Tebow doesn't hide his faith and regularly drops to one knee in prayer after a scoring play and even began to pray in one game as the opposition tried to seal victory. This craze, called Tebowing has caught on worldwide. Wonder if we are likely to see many English Premier League footballers do that, or whatever the national sport is where you live?
Tebow's philosophy may be summed up in one of his quotes, “When you believe, sometimes unbelievable things can happen.” This is not unlike the passage in St Paul's letter to the Philippians “I can do (or face) all things through Christ who strengthens me” and is about trying the impossible, but acknowledging where our strength, and abilities (and sometimes our good fortune) come from.
Now while it is refreshing to see a sportsman acknowledging his achievements in this way, of course it does not mean that his team will beat the opposition every time. One of the things that is different about Tebow from some other Christian sportsmen is that he talks about Jesus often, not just after wins. We could certainly do well to follow his example.
But just why does God love Tebow? Well simply because it is in God's nature to love. And not only successful, rich sportpersons, but everyone who turns to Him and acknowledges Jesus as God's son and their Saviour. Tebow used to display his belief in this by painting “John 3:16” on his face, a reference to his favourite bible quote: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.”
Now just to make this crystal clear try this "For God loved (your name) so much that he gave his only Son, so that (your name) my not die but have eternal life." Now you may not haveTebow's riches or fame, but you can still share that promise from God. How wonderful is that?!
And who wouldn't want Jesus in their team and on their side?