I don’t know if there are any other college football fans out there, but being from Nebraska I love Husker football through and through. It has been a rough start to our first season under Coach Scott Frost. For those of you who don’t know he played Quarterback for the Huskers under legendary Coach Tom Osborne, and ended up getting our team another National Championship in 1997. All this being said, that is not the main point I want to say. Even though Scott is now a mentor in many ways; to people of this state, his colleagues, and the team he is leading; he should also be a mentor to us in how we use our platforms to share our faith.
Scott Frost is vocal about his faith, and those of us who know Jesus can see how he incorporates it into the way he acts and the way he speaks. At his press conference after Saturday’s game he said this, “And life’s gonna throw a lot of things at you. Football is not the hardest thing life is gonna throw at you. Being 0-4 isn’t the hardest thing life’s gonna throw at you. But if you can look at yourself in the mirror after that and know that you have two choices when you’re down; stay down or keep fighting.” It only seemed fitting that the next morning at church the Pastor said something along those lines. Fighting against our brokenness and sin is hard, living for Christ in an evil world is hard; we have two choices to keep fighting or to give in. Either way Jesus will still love us, redeem us, and bring us back to fight with and for Him. Because in the end Jesus has the victory.
In his press conference on Monday, Scott said this “When you’re building a new house, you can’t build it on a bad foundation or you won’t have a house very long.” It echoes our Christian faith and our lives they have to be built on a solid foundation. During his time at Oregon, Coach Frost said this in a video, ” If football is the most important thing, if football is first than I am building my house on the sand, because when something goes wrong with that then you are completely miserable and your whole world gets turned upside down. I think it can be very powerful when you can be all in for God first and then all in for football second. Because then no matter what happens with football, even if you’re competing for a national title and you loose a game, if you are all in for God first you know your foundation is on the rock and you’re not going to be shaken.”
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”-Matthew 7:24-27
Now I do not write this to tell you how awesome Scott Frost is because he is a Christian. That is not it. I do not want to make football, the Huskers, or Scott Frost higher than God. What I want to show you is how we can in many ways use our lives and in little ways share the gospel and the truth of Jesus to others. Sure, Scott Frost has this awesome platform to share the gospel, but He does it by speaking truth in little ways and that can plant a seed in others. Then if those people come in contact with others then that seed begins to grow and we can multiply the love of Jesus.
Just like that, even with no platform or a large one; even with direct quoting or truth within the words; the Holy Spirit uses that and each one of us to plant a seed and help it grow. That way more people can know, love, and follow Him. When I look at other people speaking truth in small ways, it encourages me to do the same. God wants us to grow in this way, to be an outward reflection of Him and give Him the glory. God can and will use you too, you just have to let Him!