The idea that is now the Luke2Poject came about on Super Bowl weekend February 2015. As a lifetime New England Patriots fan, I naturally was proudly wearing my Patriot logo apparel all weekend long. I currently live in Las Vegas where we have a collection of people from all parts of the country. If you’ve ever worn your team’s apparel in the midst of people from all different parts of the country, you know how many conversations it starts, multiply those by 10 for a big game like the Super Bowl. People walking by say go Patriots, good luck, like the shirt, what do you think about the game, and then on the other side are some negative comments not worth repeating
My final stop the Saturday before the big game was an ice cream shop close to home. A Seattle Seahawks fan, the Patriots opponent the next day, was there as well. We ended up having a cordial conversation about the game and wished each other well. It was soon after that conversation, that I felt a nudging from God. “Christmas is my Super Bowl, imagine if every Christ follower humbly wore Christian apparel regularly during the Christmas season, how many conversations would be started about me?”
It stuck with me and I decided to test it the Saturday before Easter. I wore a shirt with big wording Jesus Strong on the front. My first stop was taking my daughter out to breakfast. I didn’t regularly wear shirts confessing my faith and I was a little uncomfortable. The very first words out of the hostesses mouth was “love the shirt.” It was great encouragement from God and it felt awesome because I also knew all the people who made no comments also saw the shirt and were being reminded that tomorrow – Easter – isn’t simply about egg hunts and a big feast with family and friends, the reason for the holiday is we are celebrating our risen Savior, Jesus Christ. My prayer was families sitting in the restaurant might turn and say to each other, are we going to Church tomorrow?
Later that day came God’s greatest confirmation. As an assistant coach on my son’s baseball team, I wore the shirt to practice. Again, at first, I was really uncomfortable, but prayer and the Holy Spirit pushed me through and God delivered. I was catching balls near home plate and I could hear the only two parents in the stands having an in-depth conversation on their feelings on God, church, and different experiences on the role church played in their upbringing.
So, I ask you, if every Christian wears a Luke2 shirt starting on Brite Friday and regularly throughout the month of December, to the movies, mall, restaurants, etcetera.. how much good work will the Holy Spirit be able to do with all the seeds being planted? I promise you everyone who sees your Luke2 shirts will have a conversation, the majority held in their own minds, or with the party they are with, and every once in a while, with you.
Did you know when Tim Tebow wrote John 3:16 under his eyes back in the BCS Championship game in 2009, an estimated 93 million people searched the verse. I ask you, if all Christ followers, all over the world join the Luke2Project – how many people will do a quick Luke2 Google search on their phone? We’ll let the Holy Spirit take it from there.