Today's Devotional Thought
January 10, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
If you have been reading After the Miracle recently, then you know that the Piferi household is a little Tebow-crazy. Before Christmas, I was searching for a jersey for my son and much to my delight, I did find one online and it was delivered on the 23rd of December. So, on Christmas morning, my son did have a Tebow jersey under the tree.
Sunday night, with millions of other viewers, the Piferi clan was cheering on Tim Tebow. And similar to many other games, the Broncos won at the end under the direction of Tim Tebow. We cheered, the announcers extolled, and Facebook lit up once again with discussions of Tebow.
This kid intrigues me on so many levels. His football skills. His faith. His fortitude.
And the attention he is getting also intrigues me. The praise. The criticism. The adoration. And the venom.
He is getting it all.
And as I reflected on it Monday morning, I just kept thinking about a verse that I saw written on his face when he played a game for the University of Florida. I even wrote a devotion about it 2 years ago and I want to share that devotion with you again today.
University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is famous for his Heisman Trophy, his fierce competitiveness, and his left handed throwing arm. He is also famous for his off the field kindness, philanthropy, and for writing verses on the black patches under his eyes during each game. In front of millions of people each Saturday, Tim puts a Bible verse for the world see. And, during one of his last games as quarterback for the University of Florida, he put Romans 1:16, 'I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.'
We don't all have the audience that Tim has. He is a very successful and popular college football quarterback who is likely heading to the NFL. But, even though we aren't watched by millions of people each week, we do have an audience.
Are you demonstrating your faith to your audience? Are you showing others that you are not ashamed of the gospel?
Tim is in the headlines this week again. This time, though, it's not for football. He is in the headlines because of a Focus on the Family commercial that he and his mother created to air during the Super Bowl. In this commercial, Tim and his mother share their pro-life position and a little of their story. You see, Tim's mother was very sick when she was pregnant with Tim and doctors recommended that she terminate her baby because he was likely not going to survive and he was compromising her life. However, instead of aborting her child, Tim's mother and her husband (a pastor and missionary) prayed. They prayed specifically for him and they named him Timothy when he was born because of the good news that he was going to take to the world.
Tim has seen the power of God in his life. And, he is not ashamed of the gospel. He proudly wears it during each game and uses his influence to change lives. I encourage you to do the same today. Proudly tell others that you are not ashamed of the gospel and tell others of the power of God and how He has brought you life.
(Written January, 2010)
As I read this devotion two years after I wrote it, I was struck again by his testimony. Oh that we all would live a life that shows others that we are not ashamed of the Gospel. Oh that we would all recognize and tell others that it is God alone who gives us life.
God gave Timothy Tebow life so that he could share the good news with others. And I thank God that he is doing that on the football field and on my television for millions to see.