Tim Tebow proved he was a true evangelist during his college football career when he seized the opportunity to quote scripture in the eye black he was wearing for the game. His parents call him their "miracle baby" as you may know from the infamous "super bowl commercial" which was in regards to Tim's Mother contemplating abortion and ultimately deciding against it. His Father remembers praying to God asking "Lord if you want another preacher in this world, give him to me and I'll raise him." When Tim played for Urban Meyer and the Gators he influenced millions of people with his "eye black bible verses" and he also made covers of magazines and was featured in t.v. shows. After wearing a verse for the BCS National Championship game, the very next day that verse was searched 94 million times on the internet. By the end of Tim's college career a new rule had been put in place which became known on the street as the "Tebow" rule, which would prohibit any logos, text, or verses being put in the eye black or on the face.
A lot of Tebow's favorite verses as you will read below all circle around the fact that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are sovereign. The Holy Trinity being 3 persons, 1 God is hard to understand at times. I once heard a great explanation which was to think of the "Trinity as being like water", because water can exist as a solid(ice), or a gas(vapor/steam), or as a liquid(water). The Trinity is Omnipotent, Omniscience, and Omnipresent, which is what I was reminded of while compiling all these verses that have motivated Tebow over his lifetime. We have 2 different lists for you, first we have the 17 verses Tebow has actually highlighted in his "eye black" over his college career. Secondly we have a shorter list of 8 bible verses that have influenced and inspired the former Gator and Heisman Trophy Winner.
"Eye Black Bible Verses"
Bible verses that Tim Tebow evangelized the world with by wearing them in his eye black during his college football career.
17. Romans 8:28
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
16. Colossians 3:23
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
[caption id="attachment_2135" align="alignleft" width="247"] Tebow has said that his priorities are firstly his faith in God, then his family, then education, and then football.[/caption]
15. Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
14. Mark 8:36
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
13. Ephesians 4:32
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
12. John 16:33
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
11. Ephesians 2:8-10
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
10. Philippians 4:13
“ I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
9. John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
8. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
7. James 1:2-4
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
6. Romans 1:16
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
5. Isaiah 40:31
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
4. Joshua 1:8-9
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
3. Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”
2. Psalm 23:1
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
1. Hebrews 12:1-2
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
"Inspirational Bible Verses"
Bible verses that have inspired Tim Tebow in both his career and his life.
8. Jeremiah 9:23-24
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
7. Colossians 4:6
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
6. Samuel 12:24
“Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you.”
5. Philippians 2:3
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
4. Isaiah 54:10
“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, land my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
3. Psalm 37:4-5
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
2. Romans 8:37-39
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
1. Proverbs 27:17
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
Tim has been such a great inspiration to me personally which is why I wanted to write this article, and after researching I have discovered Tebow's biblical influence is nothing short of global. He demonstrates how living in the word every day, every moment can lead to great and otherwise unimaginable things. I am very excited to see where Tim Tebow will go next and what great impact his character and selflessness will have on the people around him wherever he may go. Please let the group at F&E know if we missed any of your favorite Tebow "eye black bible verses." God bless, Jesus is King!
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