So, if you are a professional football fan at all – you know two things: 1) The NFL draft is happening today and 2) There is a major labor dispute going on between the team owners and the players. And the two things aren’t totally unrelated. One of the items that is up for discussion is a rookie-wage scale – basically stating that rookies, no matter how high they are drafted, can make no more than $XX amount.
The reason? Guys like Jamarcus Russell. Jamarcus Russell was taken as the number one overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2007 and signed a contract that guaranteed him $32 million! GUARANTEED! Which basically means that, without having played a single snap of pro ball, without having to prove he was worth that money (don’t get me started on how much pro-athletes make in general), he made $32 million – money in his pocket whether he was any good or not. He wasn’t four years later Russell has been released by the Raiders and has not signed with any other team – but he is still $32 million richer.
Now, we would all scream, “THAT’S STUPID!” And we’d be right too… That is stupid, from a business and athletics standpoint…
But what about us?
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:6-8
This is passage from Romans reminds just how big God’s grace is for us. Grace – that unmerited, undeserved favor that sent Jesus Christ to die on the Cross so that we might be free from sin and death and the grave. But grace goes beyond that – because see it’s not only that we didn’t deserve eternal life and it was purchased for us… But it’s that we deserve punishment, we deserve condemnation, we deserve death – and yet God gives us the opposite but the blood of Jesus.
So, yeah a rookie wage scale is probably a good idea for those new, unproven NFL players – but praise God – He doesn’t treat us according to what we have proven we are worth, but He treats us on the worth of Jesus Christ!