Using your platform

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At the end of a championship game, I’m always encouraged when the MVP or another significant athlete immediately gives a “shout out” to Jesus Christ. ◊ The Kansas City Chiefs won their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history this year. When the MVP and quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, spoke while receiving the trophy, he said, “I give God the glory.” Later, the CEO of the Chiefs, Clark Hunt, received the Vince Lombardi trophy and said, “I want to thank the Lord for giving us this opportunity.”

You might not share my positivity. Social media is usually quick and brutal, saying that this platform is no place for religion. I beg to differ. God gives all of us platforms of influence. It may be with the PTA, the leadership of your place of employment, coaching your kid’s soccer team, or even around the kitchen table. There is wisdom in leaning into the opportunities God gives us to declare the hope that dwells inside of us. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

The story of Esther in the Old Testament is powerful. Queen Esther is in a unique situation to save the Jews from destruction. She’s reluctant to use her position to help. Then Mordecai, her cousin, says this in Esther 4:14b: “…And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Wherever God places you, consider using the opportunity to give Him a “shout out.” You may not save a nation, but you could be the significant voice that brings someone to Jesus.

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