Football as a Platform
It’s a big responsibility and an amazing honor to use football as a platform for the Gospel. I thank God that He has blessed me with the opportunity to play football; I do it to give Him glory.
When I play—even when I score touchdowns—I don’t want everyone to be looking at me, instead I want them to see Jesus. That’s why I point up to Him. I wasn’t made to run fast, jump high, or catch a football so that I could become famous. God’s given me this platform to advance His kingdom and as He continues to bless me and elevate me in my career, it allows more opportunities for me to elevate Christ in my life.
In the locker room, I’m with guys from a lot of different walks of life. I’ve been able to share my faith and life with many who may never have had a relationship with Christ or who have fallen away from their relationship with Him. I always try to let God’s light shine through me—in my actions and words. For me, football is not about earthly gain and it’s not about me; it’s about Christ being glorified.
Transitioning to New York
God has a plan to bring my family and me to the right place at the right time and right now, that place is New York. It was a big move for us, and we really prayed about it before I signed with the Jets. This is a great example of how God puts things in our lives to test us, figure out where our hearts are, and make sure that we’re trusting in Him alone. I could have been mad or bitter about having to leave Chicago but I chose to trust that God has our best interest in mind and a greater plan for me and my family. So by trusting in Him we have grown closer as a family and deeper in our faith in Him.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” —Proverbs 3:5-6
It’s exciting and fun to be in a new place, with new opportunities. I’ve been really encouraged and blessed by my teammates and especially the other Christians on my team. We’re not only able to connect as friends, but also as brothers. This season is going to be a lot of fun; I’m looking forward to seeing how God works out His purpose for me here in New York.
While the Chicago sports scene and media platform are big, New York’s are even bigger. I’ve never liked much attention—I often feel awkward when people are watching me or making a big deal about me—but this gives me an even greater platform to let others see the truth of the Gospel. I want them to see Jesus Christ when they look at me. God created me to be the person I am; I didn’t get to the NFL on my own. Any success I’ve had is directly from God and is for the purpose of bringing glory and honor to Him.
Matt Forte is a regular contributor of The Increase and will be providing monthly articles and opinions.
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