Tim Tebow is known for displaying John 3:16 which is basic Bible for most Christians. It states that “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” This text doesn’t even need interpreting, it means just what it says. For those who beleive – heart and soul, that Jesus Christ is their savior, they will share eternity with Jesus Christ in heaven. It is a powerful verse and is the basic gospel message stated in a few words.
But Tebow has also worn other texts on his face. One is Ephesians 2:8-10. This text states,
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
This text gives the reason why Tim Tebow wears Bible texts on his body and is very public with his faith. He knows that he has been saved by grace, as the verse says. Tebow didn’t do anything to earn his salvation. He is not a Christian because God needs a quarterback on his team. God needs no one. Tim Tebow is a Christian because God saved him – and for nothing that Tebow did – God saved him by grace. Grace is usually interpreted as unmerited favor. Unmerited means unearned. Grace is unearned. Why did God save us without reference to any good work that we did to earn his favor? The text tells us: “So that no one may boast.” Only God will get the glory in eternity and those he brings into eternity with himself know that there is no basis for boasting in their salvation.
But the text does mention good works, doesn’t it? Yes it does, but notice the context of the good works. We were created “in Christ Jesus” for good works – good works that God prepared in advance for us to do. Before we were able to do anything, God had a plan for those he would save and he gifted each of us to be used in the spreading of the Kingdom message that Jesus Christ is Lord. Tim Tebow has been gifted as a quarterback and given a national platform to proclaim his faith on. There are not many given this opportunity by God, and all that are given it do not always use it. But praise God, Tebow is out front with his message.
Many people take it wrong, thinking he is wearing his faith on his sleeve. Guess what – Christians are called to be light to a world of darkness. We are not called to just be good folks. There are plenty of “good folks” who are not Christian and according to the Bible, not going to heaven. Good works in the eyes of God are those works that bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. You do not hide a light under a basket according to the Bible. Why, because its light will not be visible. The light of the gospel has to be seen to be effective. No one is saved by transcendental meditation. Men and women are saved from their sins by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ; whom they believed in because they heard the gospel preached.
Tim Tebow, continue to bow the knee before the Lord of heaven and earth. You have simply got a head start on most. The Bible says, in reference to Jesus Christ,
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”