Monday, March 19, 2012

And They Glorified God Because of Me

Today marks the end of a short-lived era … Tebow Mania in Denver.  The Broncos capitalized on a rare opportunity to sign a top-tier, future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning.  Since Manning will command a fast-paced, pass-oriented offense, and Tim Tebow is not a passing quarterback, the Broncos will most likely attempt to trade Tebow. 

Ever since Tebow was drafted in 2010 by the Broncos, the Denver fans have been enamored with him.  Even though he doesn’t possess the skills that many believe are necessary for a quarterback to succeed in the NFL, the Denver fans wanted him to be their starting quarterback from day one.  Last season, Tebow got his chance.  He took over a team that was failing miserably and led them down an ugly, yet exciting path to the playoffs, and even beat the injury-ridden Steelers in the playoffs.

Tebow gained the attention of the entire NFL nation last season.  Fans marveled at his ability to lead his team to victory when victory seemed unattainable in the fourth quarter of the game.  But even more than that, people noticed his humility, his appreciation for his teammates, and his close relationship with Jesus Christ.  Tim Tebow refused to use his fame and success to exalt himself.  He always made it a point to exalt the name of Jesus, and God was glorified because of him.

In the book of Galatians, Paul tells of his reputation as a persecutor of the church and how people had noticed a dramatic change in his life.  Because of the change that was brought about through Christ, Paul says, “And they glorified God because of me.” (Galatians 1:24 ESV )  Paul never exalted himself by taking the credit for the change in his life.  The famous Apostle Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, always gave the glory for his accomplishments to Christ.

“And they glorified God because of me.”  Is the presence of Christ evident in the way you live?  Is God receiving glory because of you?  If not, ask Him to make the change in you.  He is faithful, and He will do it if you will let Him.

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