American football linebacker Sam Acho urges Christians to stop hiding and live for Christ. He said that when people start living according to their design in God, the world thrives.
Vice-president of NFL Players Association, Sam, has his own share of hiding his identity in Christ. He tells his story in an interview on “The Crazy Happy Podcast.” Pastor Daniel Fusco and Billy Hallowell hosted the show.
“When you’re who God created you to be,” Sam said. “When you’re not faking or pretending or hiding, and you’re using the gifts God gave you, He gets glory because of that. And when God gets the glory, people around you benefit and the world around you thrives.”
But, during his time in the NFL, he initially struggled to live out his faith. The pressures and competition drove him to “hide.”
“[But there was a] cost of hiding who I really was, not only on the football field but in the community,” he revealed.
No more hiding
The athlete continued, “You can’t please God and please man. You can’t serve God and serve your money or your fame or your fortune. Pick one or the other. The benefit of God is God… He is the reward.”
In his recently released book, “Let The World See You,” he discusses further the freedom of living without hiding your identity. “It’s a book for anybody who’s ever felt ashamed,” he explained. “Anybody who’s ever felt like they had to hide for whatever reason. It’s a book about what it means to be free, so people around you benefit, and lastly, the world around you thrives.”
He added, “Jesus wants our companionship, wants our friendship. What I’m learning is that He loves us, He loves me, and not only does Jesus love me, Jesus likes us.”
“Even in our insecurities, God still accepts us. Even in our fear, God still loves us … God is like, ‘I’m with you. I still see the best in you.’”
Reference: Christian Post