What can we learn from Lex Luger’s life?

Remember Lex Luger, the former WCW and WWA heavyweight champion? Having been a fan of wrestling in the later years of WCW, when NWO dominated wrestling in one of the only times when WCW was better than WWF, my memories of Lex are brief but exciting. (Pity wrestling is staged, even though most of its fans don’t know).

But as we all know, the life of a wrestler is synonymous to a life of drugs, and it wasn’t different with Lex. But I’m happy for him that he still has his life, even though he has lost basically everything else. What I’m really happy with Lex for, is the fact that he found Jesus when he did. Unfortunately we always seem to find Jesus only when we are down and out, although the good part is Jesus doesn’t care if we are down or out, as long as we find him while there’s still time for Him to be found. The problem with finding Jesus when we are at our lowest point is that it compromises our testimony. We make people think that the best time to find Jesus is when are down and out, but unfortunately some people are never going to find themselves in the same situation. Since we rejected Jesus when things we going well for us, people think that we’ll desert Him as soon as we get back on our feet. So our conversion, as sincere as it is, is seen as conditional and based on our current situation and nothing more. It doesn’t help that some, if not most, of our conversions at churches are due to the financial strain that is being felt by people, as such they are willing to reject Jesus as soon as they are financially secure. Some accept Jesus when their family members are sick and they need comfort, but as soon as things improve then they are willing to reject Jesus immediately.

Fred Khumalo, a Sunday Times Columnist in South Africa, asked in one of his columns: “Don’t you know the church of God is the place where people come for comfort and hope? Isn’t the church where the physically and emotionally afflicted take shelter and seek succour?” Fred is right, the church is the place of comfort and hope, and God is “the Father of all compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). But more importantly the church is a place of joy and thanksgiving, that’s why the bible says “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, give thanks to Him and praise His name” (Psalm 100:3). So the bible is clear that church is not solely a place of sorrow, where people come when they are burdened with things of the world, but it’s a place where people should come when they are on top of their game.

I am one of those who came to Christ when I had my back against the wall, and even though I thank God for opening the opportunity when He did, I still feel the shame of having rejected Him when things were going well in my life. I’m pretty certain that Lex must be feeling the shame of only coming to Christ now, rather than when he was the biggest attraction of WCW, but now the challenge for him would be to serve Christ when his life is on the up. When you are sick, it’s easy to claim that Jesus is the Lord, but not when you are in good health.

When the bible says ‘now is the day of salvation’, it really means it. There’s no better time to accept Jesus as your Lord and saviour, than the time when everything is going well in your life. When you have no debt to worry about, no children out of wedlock, no threat to your life, and no situation with your family, then you are in a very good situation to accept Jesus. Why should you wait for life to get worse first? Yes Jesus will still accept you, and He will make you whole again, but why should you be broken first? Trust me; even though Jesus forgives and forgets all our sins, we will still have to bear the consequences of those sins. The bible says “you may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). Sins have consequences, whether they are forgiven or not, which makes it important for us to make a decision for Christ before we engage in sins.

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