Have you heard of the Christian NFL Quarterback Derek Carr? Carr just signed the biggest contract in NFL history at an astonishing amount of $125 million over five years. Derek is not shy about his faith and his love for Christ. Just like Tim Tebow, both quarterbacks are willing to publically stand for their beliefs. Being public figures, they have not caved on their core convictions.
So what does it take to be a Christian NFL quarterback? A good throwing arm and a solid foundation in your faith. Carr was raised in a Christian home and continues to follow his faith as he became an adult. Carr recently shared on Instagram that he prays that he will remain faithful with his new found platform so that he can continue to do Gods work.
Do we use our platform to carry out God's work? Believe it or not, we all have a platform. In our lives, we have a circle of friends and sphere of people that we influence. What if we used our platform for God's work instead of our selfish interests? I spent many years using my platform to further my career. It makes you feel good at the time, but it ends up leaving you empty inside. When I finally realized that doing God's work was forever work, I transitioned my life to focusing more on the Kingdom.
Can we use our platform to honor God like the Christian NFL quarterback Derek Carr?
God put each one of us in a particular place at a specific time to do his work. Whether or not we like it, we are being used by God to further his Kingdom. Some of us are willing participants, and others are along for the ride. One thing that I know for sure is that it is much more exciting to see God work in your life, then to work against God's plan. No matter how stubborn you are, God's plan will always win out.
What happens when we are given a platform to reach unbelievers? Do we take advantage of the situation for our selfish interests, or do we lead people to Christ? One of the reasons that I started this blog was to help people reach Christ. I wanted to show others the grace that God showed me and lead them to the opportunity of salvation. No matter what your platform is, you can reach people. Things as little as showing God's love to others we encounter at the store, school, or in our workplace can plant the seed of salvation.
1 Peter 4:10 NASB As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.