The John 3:16 Story - Tim Tebow


Video from Lifeway Christian Resources


"Tim Tebow has a long list of accomplishments. He is a Heisman Trophy winner. He is a National Champion. He is a first-round draft pick in the NFL. He is an author of a few books. He is the leader of a life-changing foundation. But before all of that, he is a follower of Christ. It was 2009 and Tebow was playing college football at Florida. He was weeks away from competing in the highly televised national championship football game when God led him to write John 3:16​ under his eyes for all the world to see while he played. What happened next was no coincidence, but God working through a small act of courage that God used to do amazing things." from video introduction


Partial Transcript....We're getting ready to run out of the tunnel. And as a football player, so often it is really tunnel vision. It's the next thing, the next thing, the next thing. You can't afford to step back and look at the big picture because you can just lose focus. So so many times, it's just locked into the next thing I have to do. Well at this moment, I really felt like God was putting it on my heart to change the verse. I was like, "Really? Right now?" But I kind of stepped back for a second and realized that if we won, we'd be playing in the national championship and that would be maybe the biggest stage that I would ever get to change the verse and put something meaningful on there. So we were blessed to win and the next six weeks leading up to the national championship game, I was contemplating, really agonizing, over what verse I was going to go with. But God kept bringing to my heart and my head John 3:16​. Because as a Christian, that's the essence of our Christianity, it's the essence of our hope. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life." That's what we believe in as Christians. So I decided that's the verse I'm going to go with. ... But it's amazing how big the God is that we serve. He took something that I did three and half years ago, to make a decision to put Philippians 4:13​ and then change it for one game. But I thought, "Hey, this is really cool. We impacted some people, but it's done." But no, God has an awesome plan. He has an awesome plan and you might not even see what He's doing. You might not even know how He's working. But the amazing thing is, when we step out and we show a little courage. We step out and we show a little boldness, what God can do with it in our lives, through our lives. But He's a big God. He's a big God and He can perform miracles. He can perform miracles. I really believe that He wants to. You have to understand, the God of this universe loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. If He loves you that much, is He not going to want to fight for you? Is He not going to want to fight with you? Is He not going want to come through for you? Now that doesn't mean that life is going to be easy. It's not. But it means that it's going to be worth it. It means that it's going to be worth it.

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