Mark Affleck

Who is that Guy In The End-Zone With Colored Hair?

May 8, 2017
Spiritual Growth

I’ll never forget the first time I saw that “crazy” guy in the end-zone at San Francisco 49er football games. I was not a Christian at the time and had no idea what John 3:16 meant. Since there was no Google, I was left wondering–week after week after week—what in the world that guy was all about.
I picked up bits and pieces over time that this guy’s gig was somehow related to Christianity and concluded that John 3:16 was the message. Not the scripture, just the words, like some kind of Christian greeting: “Good to see you Billy, my best John 3:16 to you.”
It is indeed a thrill to tell you this story all these years later. Not my nonsensical “take” on the guy, but how God had used him to plant a seed in my heart. A seed that would take root when my best friend for life Guy Borges led me to Christ on a warm day decades ago when dusk descended on the golden hills of Northern California.
The amazing lesson God taught me from this experience is that we NEVER KNOW when we are introducing Christ to someone desperate to hear the Good News and turn their life over to God in humble, submissive, propositional belief.
Is your life leaving any messages like the wild guy in the end zone? What one thing could you think or do today that might encourage someone?
We need to ask God to grant us the awareness to know when people are open to see something in us that comes from you. We need to never grow weary of looking for these opportunities to share your Good News. We need to ___________ the __________ that has transformed our life and can bring others into your family for eternity.
If we don’t make a small move toward God’s road, we’ll remain imprisoned on our current road. The only commitment we have to make is to begin. As Martin Luther King said, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
There are no shortcuts to the top. We climb the highest mountains one step at a time. If we take the first step, God will do the rest.
We don’t need a religion with prescribed codes; we need a relationship and partnership with God. We don’t need church, we need Christ. Instead of a controlled religious observance, we need to be set free.
God cares about each one of us so much that he sent his only Son Jesus Christ to die on a cross so our sins would be forgiven and we would live for eternity. It turns out that the guy with the colored hair waving his sign in the end-zone isn’t crazy after all.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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