Kevin Larter – Gilbert Campus Student Pastor
Two weeks ago was one of my favorite sporting events of the year: the NFL Draft. All the previous year’s disappointment of my favorite team—the Arizona Cardinals—was washed away with glorious hope for the future! If you follow the Cardinals you know they made a very interesting pick this year in round one of the draft. The player’s name is Robert Nkemdiche from the University of Mississippi. For most of his college career he was known as a destructive force on Ole Miss’s defensive line. But in December of 2015 he became known as the guy who took synthetic marijuana, fell 2 stories out of a hotel window, and got suspended from playing in his team’s bowl game.
Before this incident, it was believed that Nkemdiche would be a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. The Cardinals picked him at number 29. That drop cost him, and dearly. It’s estimated that his contract at the number 29 spot will be over $6 million dollars less than the one he could have signed at number 10.
Another person who was in that very same hotel room, Laremy Tunsil, an offensive lineman from Ole Miss, was projected by many experts to be the number one prospect heading into the draft, and was expected to be chosen as high as number 3. But only minutes before the draft began, a video was posted to Tunsil’s Twitter account of him smoking on a bong through a gas mask.
The video caused Tunsil to drop down to the number 13 pick. That drop cost him, and dearly. It’s estimated that his contract at the number 13 spot will be over $13 million dollars less than the one he could have signed at number 3.
But Nkemdiche and Tunsil aren’t alone. All of us have done dumb things in our lives that cost us later on. Whether it was a job or a relationship, our health or well-being, our self-worth or our integrity…sin is costly. And the true cost of sin—it was paid with a life.
18For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. – 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT)
So let’s take this opportunity to remember the price that was paid for the mess that we made. Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice and your love, your mercy and your grace! We owe you everything, and so we pick up our cross, daily, and we choose to follow you!