Jeremy Lin News: NBA Houston Rockets Star Says He Wouldn't Have Purpose in Life Without Jesus Christ

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First Posted: Jun 12, 2013 04:53 PM EDT

(Photo : Reuters) Jeremy Lin has been playing well as of late, but will that continue with the return of James Harden to the Houston Rockets lineup from injury?

It's no secret that Jeremy Lin is a devoted Christian, a man who preaches and lives by the word of God. So when a fan asked him the importance of Jesus Christ to his life, the Houston Rockets point guard did not spare a second to answer the question wholeheartedly.

"Everything...without Him I wouldn't have a purpose in life," Lin answered on his Facebook during the NBA player's Fan Appreciation Week.

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Fresh from completing his first season with the Houston Rockets and third season in the NBA, Lin's basketball journey is an inspiring story that, to some, derived out of Biblical proportion.

Lin, after being undrafted in 2010, struggled to secure a place in his first couple of years in the league as teams often cut him out of their roster because of his lanky physique and the stereotypes of being an Asian.

However, Lin's dedication finally paid off during his tenure with the New York Knicks.

In dire need of a reliable ball distributor and a spark in their offense, then-New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni inserted a seldom-used Lin into the game and the rest was history.

Lin took the opportunity by the horn as he recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in a Knicks 99-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets.  From there, Linsanity was born as the ex-bench warmer turned into an instant star.

However despite the glamour and fame, Lin credited all his success to God. Lin said reading author Jerry Bridges' book entitled "The Discipline of Grace" strengthens his faith further, drawing him closer to God.

He also shared his favorite passage from the Bible, Philippians 4:7, which reads, "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Lin averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 assists in his first season with the Rockets, though his numbers took a nosedive in the playoffs because of a rib injury.

Nevertheless, Lin stressed that he will continue to improve his game and keep leaning on God through good and bad times.

"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 (reposted by the Christian Post). "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."

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