.Not Just a Sneaker by Scarlett Stough


NikeTM isn’t just a sneaker. The makers of sports shoes want you to believe that the only thing standing between becoming a champion in your sport is The Right Shoe. Does something stand between you and becoming a champion Christian--an overcomer? I’ll bet it’s not your shoes.

The Apostle Paul gave us one of the principles of becoming an overcomer: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize (I Corinthians 9:24-27).

Most of us have discovered that beating our bodies into submission isn’t that easy. We find ourselves stumbling and falling in our Christian race. Sometimes a person falters in this Christian marathon and considers quitting because, in spite of  all that effort expended, the prize still seems further away than ever. How can I overcome, gain the victory, achieve the “nike”* when I am so weak?

There is a “nike” in each Christian’s future. In fact, we already have it. “This is the victory (‘nike’) that has overcome the world, even our faith” (I John 5:4).

We don’t even have to work up that faith because God gives it (Romans 12:3). The Apostle John went on to say, “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (I John 5:5). Our faith, the faith, is in Jesus who has already overcome the world (John 16:33).

Events in the world and in our personal lives may look as if we are being conquered (Revelation 13:7; 6:1-2; 11:7). But that is an illusion. We are overcomers; we are champions because Jesus is our Champion (Revelation 12:11; 15:2; 17:14; I John 4:4). He promised us a prize. We just have to get back up on our feet (no matter what brand shoes we’re wearing) whenever we fall and get back into the race (Hebrews 12:1-3).

Running that race to the end gets us all a prize. We all come in first. We all win that gold crown of the victor no matter how many times we fall down (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7).

Nike to all who run.

*Nike is a Greek primary word meaning conquest.