“Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8).
“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Complete uproar is a good way to describe the reaction to Nike’s new commercial starring ex-NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
For you non-football fans, Kaepernick is famous today not for his play on the football field, but for pioneering the practice of kneeling during the national anthem before the games to protest alleged racial inequality in the United States of America. When he was cut by his team the following year and not signed by any other football team, he filed a lawsuit alleging that the reason he is no longer playing is because of the stance, or rather, the knee, he took in his protests.
The fact that Nike is now featuring Kaepernick in an advertising campaign with the tagline, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” has prompted strong reactions of love and hate as well as a flurry of memes suggesting a more appropriate spokesperson.
Why do I bring this up? I want you to put on your shoes. No, not Colin’s Nikes. Your Christian shoes. As you walk your Christian walk could this tagline describe you? Would you believe in something even if it meant sacrificing everything?
Our ancestors certainly sacrificed everything to leave the religion of their ancestors behind to follow Jesus. But we’re not talking about them, and neither is the Apostle Peter in the words of our text. He’s talking to people like us – people who already have knowledge of Jesus. Peter knew that the devil couldn’t stop everyone from learning about Jesus, but he surely makes it hard to live for Jesus.
So it is with us. Satan wants us to believe in something UNLESS or UNTIL it means sacrificing, which makes us ineffective and unproductive in our knowledge of Jesus.
The remedy? Live what we believe, no matter the sacrifice. Be different. Live changed. Show the world what we believe. The list of qualities Peter provides is daunting. But we wake up every morning sure of our Savior’s love, ready for the opportunities to glorify Him that day. We go to sleep each night resting in the confidence of His forgiveness and our eternal future. May the Lord bless you, encourage you, and strengthen you as you show the world you have a Savior worth believing in, no matter the sacrifice.