Hyper-Nike

The foreman called late one afternoon. I could hear the despair in his voice. He and his construction team had worked many long and consecutive days in an attempt to complete a project on time. They were nearing the end but the final push seemed impossible. Tired, discouraged and defeated, he called me looking for a word of encouragement. As I listened I was reminded that, as believers in the workplace, we are victorious in Christ. Through Him, we are “over comers” and He gives us the strength we need. With that in mind, I told this foreman that, with God’s help, he could Hyper-Nike and finish the project ahead of schedule.

The Greek word nikao (where we get Nike) means to be victorious in a struggle. Hupernike (Gr.) means above and beyond victory, literally Hyper-Nike.  It is based on Romans 8:37: "Yet in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." Christians overcome obstacles and impossible tasks through Christ who went above and beyond for us. Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have overcome the world”. The word overcome literally means to conquer and to be victorious. Let me ask you…do you sometimes feel defeated at work; what do you struggle with? What obstacles must you overcome? What seems impossible? Perhaps a project, a disruptive group of students, an unrealistic deadline or maybe there is simply too much to do and not enough time to do it?

The Israelites faced the impossible task of building a wall around their city in a very short time. Nehemiah wrote, the wall was finished…in just fifty two days. When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God (Nehemiah 6:15-16). So you think you can’t finish the job or accomplish the big tasks at work? God is able! “Building the wall” requires that we trust Him with the big stuff and, with courageous obedience, be faithful in the small things. Through Christ, we can lay a brick, make a phone call or write a note. He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (I John 4:4). Through Christ, we can Hyper-Nike!

Your workplace challenge is to “Hyper-Nike” in all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). Start seeing the impossibilities at work as opportunities for God to show His power. He has given us victory through Christ and we are over comers. Hyper-Nike to the glory of God!