Did you see that Tim Tebow is in the news again? On Tuesday, he was signing autographs after playing in a minor league baseball game when a fan started having what appeared to be a seizure. Tebow immediately went over to care for the man. He talked and prayed with him for about 15 minutes until paramedics arrived. They talked college football, and as the man was being taken away, Tebow then promised to check on him later.
ESPN quoted Tebow's explanation for his actions: "People are what's important. And an opportunity to help someone is more important than anything that I could have possibly done on a baseball diamond that day."
People are important. And Jesus modeled a life focused on loving our neighbors by taking time to care for people he encountered along his daily journey.
Being a disciple of Jesus isn’t just about attending church, or checking things off our to-do list, or adhering to a set of things we should or shouldn’t do in life. Being a disciple of Jesus is about finding a “rhythm” in our lives where the love of God and neighbor is embodied in our everyday living. So that wherever we go, we might stop and render aid, be with people in need, and maybe chat about college football and everyday life, so that others might know they are important — not just to us, but most of all, to God.
The Apostle Paul said it this way in his letter to the Romans, “Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.” (Romans 12:1 MSG)
Will you do that today? Will you love as you go? Will you allow God’s peace, comfort, and love for others to permeate your normal daily actions?
I hope to see you on Sunday as we worship, celebrate, and reconnect so that we might go as we are back into the mission field to love our neighbors.