Tim Tebow and Philippians 4:13

Tim Tebow is a tremendous football talent.  He won the Heisman Trophy playing for the Florida Gators in college.  He was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL draft.  His #15 jersey is one of the top selling jerseys for the NFL.

Tim Tebow is also an outspoken Christian.  He grew up on the mission field in the Philippines.  In college he often put Bible verses on his eye black (which has since been banned in college and is illegal in the pros).

One verse that he placed on his eye black was Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  This verse is a favorite for athletes, who often think that this verse means that anything is possible for those who believe and follow Christ.

However, if you read the context surrounding this verse, you find out that it means something more to the effect of this:  “I can suffer the hardship of living in poverty and distress and affliction, because Jesus Christ strengthens me through the difficult times.”  How appropriate for Tim Tebow nowadays.

Although being drafted in the first round, Tim Tebow in currently Denver’s third string quarterback and facing the possibility of being cut from the team.  His football career is in distress.  Philippians 4:13 is very applicable for him in these days.  Pray for him that he might be strengthened by Christ to endure faithfully through his difficult days, remaining true to the gospel he believes.

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