Last night, Dallas Mavericks’ forward, Dirk Nowitzki, became the sixth player in NBA history to reach the impressive accomplishment of 30,000 career points. 

Throughout his 19 seasons in the league, Nowitzki has been impossible to guard because of his size and ability to score in multiple ways. But even with his unique skill set, consistency, and NBA Championship ring, he’s been an underrated player. 

Recognizing his remarkable milestone, NBA fans need to also realize he’s only the third player to hit 30,000 points with one franchise. Nowitzki was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks and amazingly remained there for his entire career.

This is especially noteworthy and commendable when you consider he accepted a lower salary to stay loyal to the Mavs, and didn’t leave them to chase another championship elsewhere. 

Mavericks’ owner, Mark Cuban, has also made sacrifices to keep Nowitzki around – including not trading him for assets now that he’s older. The two of them are tightly connected and maintain a solid commitment to each other. The bottom line is, you can’t separate the Mavs and Nowitzki. 

Strong loyalty, whether in sports or life, appears to be uncommon these days. Players continually switch teams, people often change companies, and many marriages sadly come to an end. Unfortunately, people rarely seem to stick together for a long time. 

Although we will always face situations where people let us down, we can’t allow a lack of loyalty to affect our relationship with God. When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and begin to follow Him, we are promised a strong and unbreakable bond.

He doesn’t trade us when we get old or make a mistake…and He doesn’t stop loving us when our life gets hard. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice on the cross so that we could become one with God – there’s no separating that! 

Paul assures us of this in Romans 8:38-39 (NLT): “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

“No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

Today, we can rest in confidence that God loves us. We’re united to Him through Jesus and His loyalty is unmatched. In response to this reality, let’s be encouraged to remain loyal to Him in the way we live our lives. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I’m blown away by your love and faithfulness toward me. I’m so thankful that I can trust in the fact that nothing can separate me from Your love. Please give me the strength to remain loyal to You and demonstrate my love for You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.