It can’t be easy in the glitz and glamor of the limelight to maintain humility and faithfulness to your Lord and Savior.
As the Bible says, you can’t serve two masters, and when you are offered fame and riches for a talent God has given you, the temptation will wait around every corner to compromise your faith for the sake of worldly gain.
That is why it is particularly impressive when talented, successful people take a bold stand for their faith, forsaking monetary rewards for the sake of serving the Lord.
This is what happened to BMX gold medalist Colton Satterfield who, up until recently, enjoyed global fame and a lucrative sponsorship from energy drink giant Monster.
Monster Energy’s edgy logos and marketing no longer could be supported by the gold medalist because of “personal religious reasons,” according to his statement posted by Vital BMX. He explained that this decision was not made lightly.
He was willing to give up the financial gain and other benefits that came from Monster Energy as a sponsor. He also realizes that much of the world will not understand his decision.
“I can imagine some non religious people thinking this is wild or crazy, and not that long ago I would have been one of those people… But I had a strait (sic) up real and wildly profound experience that shockingly confirmed serious religious truth to me,” Satterfield wrote in a followup statement.
Satterfield has been recently very outspoken about his faith, posting on Instagram on Nov. 12 that “God is actually real, Christ actually lives, and there is one entirely true Church with the entire fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ restored by Him. A knowledge and gift and truth so glorious that it should be consistently shouted and shared.”
His Instagram also features many other Bible passages and bold declarations of faith.
Grabbing some courage of love to be real for a moment. From the love of my heart for ALL in this beautiful world I want all those looking for the truth in this life, know this is the truth. And if you seek it, you can know for yourself. Profound experience, knowledge sought, prayers answered, I've come to this full circle truth in a very solidified way; and I have been one of utter logic paths in life. Talk about full circle. Many in life are walking the 'consciousness' path or that of 'law' or 'enlightenment', you catch the drift. Although good things of love may be found, the adversary has power in these areas, as well as many areas, if one is not careful. Many can be led down sad paths in search of truth. Few, in these ways, are able to see and understand the full truth. *1 Corr. 1:27 Jesus Christ is actually real. The love is beyond imaginable. Be wise. LOVE. Faith. Pray. Seek. Ask. You can know for yourself. In the past, sadly, I would have looked at things like this as misguided; today I know they are true and simply want anyone looking to know as well. Cheers homies. God is good. It's all bout LOVE. Much more than I could even tell you. 🙌. Search good books of His word and love. Pray. Find it. Faith. His love. It's greatness exceeds everything. Love love and your fellow man. We are his children on a great test to understand oppositions in all things, good and evil, and through our good works and the atonement can pass this test, the journey of knowledge, and find our way back to our Father's side if we remain diligent. LOVE my friends. LOVE. It is greatest of all. *1 Corr. 13:13. There is a reason those who come to find this as true shout it. Ether 12:27 "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."
It is incredibly inspiring to see a brother in Christ who would willingly give up such a huge sponsor for the sake of remaining true to His Lord. This is a perfect example of Matthew 10:32, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”
Satterfield may be giving up earthly wealth, but it is in exchange for eternal rewards in heaven! Well done, brother!