“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Remember the height of Tim Tebow? There was “Tebowing,” (kneeling after a touchdown)… There was the eye black with John 3:16… There was a National Championship and a Heisman Trophy, the first ever underclassman to win it… He was obviously an accomplished football player and a man bold in his faith.
A couple years ago, I randomly took a closer look at Tebow’s LinkedIn page. There in his bio were the words “Follower of Jesus.”
I thought to myself, “If this guy… who is on ESPN every week, investing in new business ideas, giving motivational speeches, nearing a net worth of $10 million… if THIS guy can write THOSE words as his identity on LinkedIn, why can’t a guy like me have that in his bio? Why shouldn’t I? I have nowhere near the risk Tebow has! He has everything to lose—I have much less to lose!”
I determined this thought was a true conviction from the Spirit, and I consequently changed my LinkedIn to add “Follower of Jesus Christ.”
A couple years pass and, suddenly, I find myself on the job hunt. My wife and I were paying a hefty mortgage, and we needed me to land a new job and to land it fast.
The thought crossed both our minds: “Should I remove ‘Follower of Jesus’ from my bio? How many businesses am I turning away that would otherwise hire me?”
After serious consideration into removing, we both came to the same conclusion: No. The decision to make this change was born out of a real conviction from the Spirit. I can’t go backwards in faith just because times appear uncertain. My faith would be in vain. And boy are we glad I didn’t change it–turns out, a job was right around the corner. It was a trial from the Lord to see if we would remain faithful.
So today I say: Thanks, Tebow. You inspire me to be bolder in my faith.
Daily Battle Order:
Share a time someone inspired you in your faith.
What is one way you can be bold in your faith in Jesus Christ today? Consider making a change to your LinkedIn bio!