Encouraging Other Brothers And Sisters

Posted: January 6, 2012 by Ricky Keeler in NFL

(Photo Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The storyline that is buzzing around the National Football League this week is Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. Denver lost each of its last three games and “backed in” to the AFC West division title and a home playoff game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. All the national pundits are saying that Tebow and company have no chance to win this game and that he should not be the starter in 2012. Now, the criticism on his faith has risen higher than ever because of the recent struggles compared to the amount of great complements he was getting when he won seven of his first eight starts in 2011.

An example in my mind comes this week when I was watching ESPN First Take. The main debater on the show is Skip Bayless, who has been a Tebow supporter and is not afraid to show it. The show had Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Terrell Suggs talking about his take on the controversial quarterback, particularly his praying on the sidelines or as others call it “Tebowing”

With all due respect, we don’t pray on the sideline,” Suggs said. “I mean we do — we give it up to God [just for] safety and health, but we’re gonna go out there and win that game. We don’t need our kicker to make a 62-yarder [like Denver’s Matt Prater]. I’m just saying. We don’t need guys to fall out of bounds and then we get to punt it back … we don’t need stuff like that to happen for us.”

The problem I have with Suggs’ comments is that God does not determine who wins and loses football games. Tebow even talks about that in his book, which we will get into in the coming weeks. Even when Tebow was mic’d up during the Bears game, you can hear him pray to the Lord asking to bring honor to His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in victory or defeat. A loss in a football game is not going to let him down fully because He knows that we have victory in Jesus when we accept Him as our Savior.

Instead of bringing down Tebow, we as brothers and sisters in Christ need to continue to pray for him and encourage him in any chance we get. I know a great page that does that. A friend of mine on Twitter made a page called Praying For Tebow which allows people to post their prayers and encouraging words for the quarterback. I will put the link below so all of you can check it out:

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Praying-for-Tebow/192605640831378

A verse that came to my mind this week comes from the book of Hebrews. The writer of the book tells us But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13).

We have to understand that Tim Tebow is in the public light with every move that he makes and every word he says. That is why we should come together as brothers and sisters and continue to pray that the Lord guide his steps and lead him away from temptation. I had a dilemma a few weeks ago when the Patriots played the Broncos because I am a Patriots’ fan, but I am also a Tebow supporter. The night before the game, I still prayed for Tebow to play his best and to honor the Lord whether it was in victory or defeat. He played well in that game in a Broncos’ loss.

From an off-the-field standpoint, encouragement is essential to any Christian’s life, particularly in fellowship. I know when I go to Bible Study or church, I feel the love of my fellow brothers and sisters and it helps me to do the things that my Lord wants me to do. Another verse tells us in the book of Hebrews that we should never neglect one another, but continue to encourage!

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”(Hebrews 10:24-25)

Today, I exhort you to do the things that the writer of Hebrews says in the verse above. Continue to meet with your fellow brothers and sisters whether it’s a Bible Study, church service, or just going out for coffee and talking about the Gospel. Any encouragement you give helps to strengthen the body of Christ!

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