While surfing the web the other day, I ran across this picture of an athlete. His name is Ricardo Izecson de Santos Leite, or Kaka. You can read about him at this link and here .He is a Brazilian soccer player that has quite a testimony for Jesus Christ. “Perhaps the abiding image of the Champions League final in 2007 was of the Brazilian, having just inspired Milan to victory over Liverpool, stripping down to a vest with the message ‘I belong to Jesus’ emblazoned across his chest”.
It reminded me of I Cor. 6:19-20…”do you not know that your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God ? You are not your own, you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies”
I guess what impressed me most about Kaka was what it said on his shirt. “I Belong to Jesus”. He acknowledged the fact that he was a servant of Jesus Christ and belonged to Him. The Apostle Paul often refers to Christians as ‘servants’. To me that speaks of humility. He realized that he was not his own, He had a Master. Where sin once owned us and told us what to do, we now have a new Master that we answer to and obey. “We are not to let sin reign in our mortal bodies, that you should obey the lusts thereof” Rom. 6:12. We are no longer slaves to sin, but have become bond slaves to Jesus Christ. I Pet. 2:6
I decided that his proclamation would make a good New Years resolution for me, to wake up every day and remind myself that “I belong to Jesus”. I should live like that today and everyday. It’s not only a comfort knowing we belong to Jesus but it also carries a big responsibility. I am your servant Lord, how can I be used of you today. What would you like me to do ?
Seeing a professional athlete show his faith in Christ reminded me of Tim Tebow and the testimony he had in ‘Tebowing’. I hope all my friends at CSF are challenged and like me will strive to be a testimony of those who realizes they ‘Belong to Jesus”. May we find the grace to always remember that we are ‘bond slaves of Jesus’.