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Jeremy Lin, the 24-year-old Christian Houston Rockets guard who rose to fame when he became a starter for the New York Knicks in 2012, recently took time to show his fans appreciation while explaining why Jesus Christ was so important to him.
Lin recently took to Facebook to answer questions from fans during what he called Fan Appreciation Week. One fan asked Lin what Jesus meant to him and the NBA player did not hesitate to answer.
"Everything...without Him I wouldn't have a purpose in life," Lin answered on Facebook.
The guard shared that he is furthering his faith by currently reading "The Discipline of Grace" by Jerry Bridges. He also shared one of his favorite bible verses with fans, Philippians 4:7.
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus," the verse states.
After his first NBA start as a Knick in February 2012, Lin managed to score 25 points and lead the New York team to a 7-game winning streak. The guard became the first player in NBA history to put up numbers of at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his first four starting games, causing sports pundits, celebrities and fans to name him and the phenomenon "Linsanity."
However, Lin has been vocal about playing for God and not the fame that he acquired last year.
"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."