For Jeremy Lin, Jesus Christ is 'Everything'; the Christian NBA Player Tells Fans on Facebook
By Rachel Liu, Crossmap On June 6, 2013
Jeremy Lin is not ashamed of his faith in Jesus Christ, and the Christian NBA star proved it by confessing that Jesus means "everything" to him.
Asked by a fan on Facebook what Jesus meant to him, the 24-year-old Houston Rockers guard gave a straightforward answer.
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"Everything...without Him I wouldn't have a purpose in life," Jeremy Lin responded in his "Fan Appreciation Week."
Lin is currently reading "The Discipline of Grace" by Jerry Bridges, the basketball player shared, and one of his favorite verses is Philippians 4:7, "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Asked about a Christian organization, San Francisco City Impact, Lin said that he loved the perspective he gained through “watching people spread God’s love to the underprivileged.”
Jeremy has inspired many young Christians by his openness about his faith in God.
"I just play for God. That's what I need to focus on every day. I'm going to have good games; I'm going to have bad games," Lin told the Houston Chronicle last year.
"If I play for God, if I play hard and if I try to give Him the glory, I'm OK. I need to learn to be OK with whatever happens and trust it's part of God's perfect plan."
Jeremy Lin debuted in NBA back in February 2012, and became a national sensation as he led the New York Knick to a 7-game victory streak.
Though he was given a nickname of "Linsanity," as well as overwhelming amount of spotlight as an NBA star, Lin is known by those around him for his humility in giving all the credit to God.
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“If you were to ask him if he were a basketball player, he’d say yes,” Stephen Chen, Jeremy's pastor of 10 years, said following Jeremy's success last year. “But in all those things, Jeremy understands that those things do not define him. He would say that he’s a Christian Chinese person, or a Christian basketball player. That defines him.”
“He’s very quiet and grounded,” Toney Douglas said of Lin.
“He just wants to get better. If he could help it, I don’t think he would want to be in the spotlight.”
“He knows that everything that he has is a gift from God,” says Chen. “Even the hard times.”