Thursday, May 31, 2012

June 1, 2012

"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us" Psalm 67:1

I came across this list of the highest paid sports personalities in terms of their commercial value. The figures below do not include their salaries - just what they make from the sponsors of the products they represent.


1. Tiger Woods, Golf, $60,000,000    
2. Phil Mickelson, Golf $57,000,000    
3. LeBron James, Miami Heat, $30,000,000    
4. Dale Earnhardt, Jr, NASCAR, $22,000,000    
5. Jeff Gordon, NASCAR, $18,000,000       
6. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts, $15,000,000   
7. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics, $14,000,000     
7a. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder $14,000,000   
8. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic, $12,000,000      
8a. Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR, $12,000,000    
9. Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, $10,000,000     
9a. Tom Brady, New England Patriots, $10,000,000    
9b. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees, $10,000,000    
10. Albert Pujols, San Diego Padres, $8,000,000
Impressive numbers, eh?

You could object that they are not worth all that money and don't deserve it. The fact is, the marketplace says they are! Their sponsors pay them those large amounts because these world-class athletes perform at such a level of excellence that people want to wear what they wear, and eat what they eat, and use the golf clubs they use, and play the brand of golf balls they play and drive the cars they drive.

Let me ask you this, if God was looking for  someone to endorse the Christian life-style would He offer you a contract?

Can you point to anyone who has bought into Christianity because of how you worship, or how you live your faith?

Does your life reflect His grace?

Would you find favor with him?

Your life is a walking advertisement for Christianity. Are you an endorsement or an embarrassment?