John 10:18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”
Somethings just do not go on sale and it just cost what it cost. The more unique and precious a thing is the more costly it will be and as time goes by the value continue to increase. The cost to follow Jesus will never change, it will cost you everything because salvation cost him everything.
There has been many controversies about the Nike Ad featuring Colin Kaepernick as the new face of Nike. I understand and look at it from many angles and have come to the conclusion that Nike did the right thing, not that my approval is needed. Jesus did the very same thing for us. He believed in humanity so much that he left his heavenly abode and became the sinless, spotless sacrifice so that the world through him might be saved. Colin believe in using the stage given to him to bring awareness to the injustice of racism and police brutality directed at African American men. He knew he would be ostracized but it was something that he felt led to do even if it cost him his career.
What are you willing to sacrifice? are you willing to lay it all down for a greater cause than yourself, What is that greater cause? What is that thing that you say to yourself if you have the finances or if you were in a position of power you would absolutely do it? You may have the solution to that very thing laying dormant on the inside of you.
Jesus saw the effects of sin and the hopelessness of humanity, Jesus knew that the only way to redeem mankind was to through the sacrifice of a sinless spotless blood. Jesus made a decision to take become that much needed sacrifice. This is why Jesus said, “No man take my life I lay it down willingly.” Jesus willingly paid it all,there is no payment plan, as the scripture says, “It is finished!” It’s over, the full price for our sins have been paid. Jesus willingly become our voice and use his stage (the cross) to pay a price that we could not pay. Jesus sacrificed it all for the joy that was set before him, the joy of seeing God’s people reunited with the father. The Joy of seeing God’s people set free from the bondage of sin and shame.
Now it’s up to us to take that freedom that we receive and set someone else free. It’s never OK to walk away when you see the suffering of others, Colin Kaepernick saw the suffering of his fellow black men and simple could not close his eyes and walk away. He did what Jesus would do, he did what Moses did when he slew the Egyptian, he did what Esther did when she went before the King on behalf of her people, he sacrifice his career and put everything on the line because he believed in a cause that is greater than himself. He used the stage that was provided to him for the greater good of humanity. I applaud Nike for standing with Kaepernick, you know when it’s the right thing to do, it just feels right so you “Just do it”.
Somethings are just worth paying the full price. Stand up for what you believe in, fight for what you believe in. We have yet to see the full impact of Kaepernick’s sacrifice on racism and police brutality in America but I have noticed that there are fewer instances of Police brutality being reported. Little by little, step by step we will see that dream that Martin Luther King Jr. saw. We all have a dream and if we believe it enough to sacrifice for it then it will come to life.
When you stand up for what you believe in, it will cost you everything but it will be worth paying the full price.