However, for Christians there is also a lot of focus on the Christian athletes. The Gospel Coalition, just posted an article titled, “5 Christian Athletes to Watch in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.” One of those athletes is Kelly Clark (Snowboarding Halfpipe). When asked about her walk with Christ she said, “I started to understand that I didn’t get my worth from people or from the things that I did. It was from Christ. If I hadn’t had that shift in my life, I think my world would have come crumbling down.” Amen!
And anyone who watched the end of the Super Bowl would have noticed that the Eagles have a fair amount of Christians. When Head Coach Doug Pederson was interviewed by Dan Patrick before an audience of 103.4 million people, Coach Henderson stated, “I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity.” When MVP, Quarterback Nick Foles was asked about his uncanny touchdown catch, he simply stated, “All glory to God.”
Christians, myself included, can get excited when these Christian athletes take center stage and praise the name of Jesus, and rightfully so, for this is exactly what Christians are called to do. Psalm 57:9 says, “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.” Psalm 96:3 says, “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!”
However, we Christians must wake up to the fact that this command to proclaim the glory of Jesus Christ to all nations is not only for Eagles and Olympians, it is also for us. Pointing the world to Jesus is an obligation for all born again believers. We are commissioned to proclaim the name of Jesus to our family, our friends, our co-workers, our neighborhoods, on Facebook, while we buy groceries, when we go out to eat, etc. We are called to be ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Unfortunately, we are too often spectators, not participants in this game we call life. We love to talk about how awesome it is that Tim Tebow relentlessly shares the gospel, yet we walk around with our mouths shut. For those who are unwilling to open their mouths and proclaim Christ, Jesus himself has some rebuking words, “For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. (Luke 9:26). Is Jesus speaking to you?
If you are truly born again, and have been saved by grace through faith, why wouldn’t you want to shout it before the nations, your community included? God has given you an opportunity to point to Christ, take advantage of it and share the gospel today!