Jeremy Lin is a sold-out disciple of Jesus. He also plays a fine game of Godly basketball.
“Linsanity” has taken the country by storm over the past several days as unheralded Jeremy Lin has gone from NBA benchwarmer to a bona-fide star. He has led his New York Knicks to a seven game winning streak and has done it in dramatic fashion, such as a 38 point showing against the Lakers and draining a last second shot against Toronto on Tuesday night. His story has been called a “Linderella” story.
Who is Jeremy Lin? He is a 23 year old Harvard grad who was not selected in the NBA draft. He initially played (sat the bench mostly) for the Golden State Warriors and most recently was given a tryout but cut by our own Rockets. The New York Knicks signed him on December 27 as a third string point guard because of injuries to their upper tier players.
But once Jeremy Lin got his opportunity, he seized it. Lin has more points in his first five NBA starts than anyone since the ABA-NBA merger and that includes stars like Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal. His game is not freakishly athletic, but he plays smart, aggressively, skillfully, and with a team-first mindset.
Jeremy Lin has been called the Taiwanese Tebow in part because he is the NBA’s first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent and also because of his strong Christian faith.
Lin grew up in California and was part of the Riverside Bible Fellowship, an Evangelical church near Palo Alto. Once his basketball career is over, Lin aims to become a pastor or some sort of ministry leader. He says, “I have a heart for inner city ministry and non-profit work. So I’m learning and praying about what exactly that means. I’m just trying to learn a lot and be sensitive to God so that I can expand his kingdom as much as possible.”
Lin already uses his social media platforms to spread his faith. His Twitter account’s description is, “to know Him is to want to know Him more.” His Facebook page quotes Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Lin credits his parents with teaching him to play what he calls “godly basketball,” which measures success by sportsmanship and not just stats. That means putting teammates first and showing respect to opponents and referees. After a recent game-winning shot, Lin said, “I’m thankful that my coaches and teammates trusted me with the ball.”
In recent interviews, Lin has said, “I can’t say exactly why God had me take the path I took, but I know that He has more than revealed His power and sovereignty to me throughout this incredible process.”
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