Tim Tebow, NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos, recently finished one of the most talked-about seasons in recent memory. His numbers are not amazing, but his ability to will his team to victory captured the hearts of sports fans everywhere. Some say that the reason Tebow has found such success is because of his commitment to Jesus Christ.
Is it possible that God is the reason an average NFL quarterback like Tim Tebow could have such an amazing season and garner the attention of the national media? Did God work miracles through Tebow by helping him to win football games? Does the amazing play of Tim Tebow prove that God exists?
Let me say up front that I am naturally skeptical of claims like these. I don't believe God is a Denver Broncos fan (he's clearly a college football fan) and he is using his supernatural abilities to influence games. I also don't believe that what Tim Tebow has accomplished this season is in any way miraculous. That would be taking away from the hard work of Tebow and his teammates. If some random 45-year-old overweight fan was brought into the game out of the stands, throws for 600 yards and 7 TDS, leading the team to an amazing come-from-behind victory, then I might believe there was supernatural help.
Yet, I do believe that the success of Tim Tebow is evidence for the existence of God. I say that because Tim Tebow follows the ways of God which lead to success. My logic goes like this:
- God created humanity and is concerned about our well-being.
- In compassion, God has shown us ways in which to live our lives that will bring us satisfaction and success.
- If we follow those ways, we will find success.
- Tim Tebow is following those ways, therefore Tim Tebow has found success.
Of course, this logic is based on the assumption that God exists, but if you allow for that possibility, it makes complete sense.
See for yourself:
- In the Bible, Jesus is credited with saying that "those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted" (Luke 14:11, NLT). If you watch press conferences with Tebow, you will see that he gives all the credit to others and never himself. His humility allows others to shine.
- Proverbs 12:14 reminds us that "hard work brings rewards." Ask anyone who has ever played with Tebow and see if they know anyone else who works harder than he does. His coaches and teammates agree that Tebow works for everything he gets.
- Tebow's priorities line up with 1 Corninthians 14:1: "Let love be your highest goal." If you want to see how Tebow lives this out (and if you don't mind shedding a tear), read this article by Rick Riley.
I could keep going, but these samplings are enough to illustrate my point. If we follow the ways of God we will find success, whether it is as an NFL player, a husband, an insurance agent, a teacher, a writer, or anything else.
"So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" (I Corinthians 10:31, NLT).