The whole reason why I play football is to make the name of Jesus known. God’s given me the ability and opportunity to play a game I love. Not for my glory, but for His. I play the game not for what I will get out of it, but for the glory and honor He will receive. My willingness to be vulnerable and open about my faith will hopefully bring more people to experience His presence!
I was able to speak to a group of people at a church this morning about my faith, not because I’m a great speaker, but because of my platform as an NFL player. It’s amazing to see that just because I play football, people will listen to me. People are watching the decisions I make and the lifestyle I lead simply because of my profession.
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” —Colossians 3:17
I’m not the best public speaker. In fact, I don’t like doing it at all, but I know I have to. With the platform God’s given me, I would be doing a disservice to the Kingdom if I did not proactively speak out about my faith.
I truly believe that I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in if it wasn’t for Jesus. I’m not the most talented football player, and I’m not the fastest or strongest. In fact, I can come up with a whole list of reasons why I shouldn’t be in my fourth year in the NFL but here I am. And I will not waste this opportunity.
Everyone needs to experience the hope and peace which passes all understanding that we have as believers in Christ. I owe it to my Savior to make His name known to as many people as I can, not only because He died on the cross to save me from my sins, but also for the position He’s given me in this life.
Public speaking may not be a strong point for me, but as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:9:
“He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
Just as Paul boasted in his weakness for the glory of God, I’ll continue to obey God by living for His glory and speaking out about my faith.
One thing we’ve really been working on within our group of Christian brothers here in Philly is becoming used to getting uncomfortable. It’s easy for me to volunteer someone else to speak at churches or sports groups, but I believe God calls us to get out of our comfort zone for a reason. It’s during these moments when God truly shows up to work powerfully and miraculously through us to expand His Kingdom. And in these circumstances we have the privilege of experiencing the powerful work of His Holy Spirit within us.
Get out of your comfort zone today and experience the power of God at work in and through you.
Trey Burton is a tight end with the Eagles and a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions.