Some of the most accomplished sports stars are known by their nicknames just as much as by their real names.
For example, baseball great George Herman Ruth is known as “Babe” Ruth. The NBA’s LeBron James is sometimes called “King James.” Jason Terry is known as “JET”, not only because those are his initials, but because of the airplane takeoff celebration routine he does after hitting a three-pointer on the basketball court. Jonathan Paul Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman trophy winner, is better known as “Johnny Football.” The boxer, Muhammad Ali, dubbed himself, “the greatest.”
Most people probably wouldn’t recognize the name Eldrick Tont Woods because the world’s number one golf player is known as “Tiger.” The same thing goes for basketball player, Earvin Johnson, who is known as “Magic.” “Air Jordan” is just one nickname that stuck to Michael Jordan, the man who is arguably the best basketball player of all time. And how can we forget “Linsanity” the nickname that describes not only the basketball player, Jeremy Lin, but the frenzied excitement that followed when Lin seemingly came out of nowhere to lead the New York Knicks in an amazing turn-around of their 2011-2012 NBA season.
So, what kind of nickname should be given to one of today’s superstar basketball players — Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder? Some fans have called him the “Slim Reaper” or just “KD”. But Kevin Durant says he wants to be known as “the Servant.” He recently told an interviewer, “I like to serve everybody — my teammates, ushers at the game, the fans. I know it’s kinda weird to make your own nickname, but I like that one better.”
As a follower of Jesus Christ, Kevin Durant may be taking his cues from his Lord and Savior, who said in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” In other words, even though He is God in the flesh who deserves worship and praise, Jesus Christ came to earth not to be served by others, but to serve. Jesus Christ served humanity by giving His life as “a ransom” — a payment or sacrifice — for us. Jesus Christ was the ultimate “servant.” He told His disciples in Luke 22:27, “I am among you as he that serveth.”
Why did Jesus come to earth to serve humanity? He came because we are in a state of sinfulness that we cannot get out of on our own. We are each destined to die and go to eternal punishment in Hell because of the wrong things that we do. The Bible says, “the wages of sin is death.” It also says in Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
The only way that we could be delivered from this death is to have someone who has never sinned die in our place and take the punishment that we deserve. That is exactly what Jesus Christ came to do. Philippians 2 says that Jesus Christ “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Jesus’ death on the cross is the only means by which we can be saved from our sins and avoid eternal punishment in Hell. Aren’t you glad that Jesus Christ came to be a servant so that we can be saved? John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (Jesus Christ), that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Jesus Christ came as a servant in order that He could be our Savior as well. He died on the cross and suffered the wrath of God for us. He died the death that we should die, and He took the punishment that we deserve. He was buried, and three days later, He rose from the dead proving His triumph over sin, death, and Hell. John 3:17 says, “For God sent not his Son [Jesus Christ] into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” If we believe in Him, we can be saved from our sins and from eternal punishment, and we will have a home in Heaven where we will spend eternity with God.
Believing in Jesus Christ is a choice you must make. Kevin Durant made that choice to believe on the greatest Servant of all time, Jesus Christ, as his Savior. You can do it as well. I urge you to repent of your sins, whatever they may be, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and ask Him to come into your heart and life and save you right now. The Bible says in Romans 10:9,13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you are willing to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour, please pray with me the following prayer to seal your decision once and for all: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your new-found faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God bless you!