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Life is For Real

by on May 14, 2013

A Wrestling Match

A wrestling match pits two men of similar weight against each other. The teams are lined up along opposite sides of the gym. They line up from lightest to heaviest. Prior to the bouts, they “weigh-in.” From 95 pounds up to unlimited, each wrestler has to “make weight.” In other words, he has to weigh on or under the limit of his weight class. Unlimited, obviously, is unlimited.

The matches begin with the lightest class and continue class by class until all weights have wrestled. If a wrestler is over weight or the team does not have a qualified wrestler in a class, the match is forfeited. The other team gets the points for that match.

A match begins by the referee calling for the wrestlers to enter the mat. He takes their right hands, they shake hands and switch sides in the center of the mat. The match begins and the “ref” observes carefully all moves of both men. There are legal and illegal moves. Points are earned by “take-downs,” “escapes,” “near-falls,” “pins,” etc.

Matches are 6 minutes long. There are 3 periods of 2 minutes each. At the end of each 2 minute period the match stops and resumes for the next 2 minute period.

A match can be won by a “fall” which is the word for a “pin.” That means that one wrestler has held his opponent’s shoulders to the mat for 3 seconds. A match can also be won by points. At the end of the match the points are added up and the most points wins. The ref, takes the right hands of the wrestlers and they again shake hands. He then raises the arm of the winning wrestler indicating the winner of the match.

Sometimes the events of life remind me of a wrestling match. People shake hands. Then they try for all they are worth to pin or defeat their “opponent.” Then, as if nothing is wrong, they shake hands and pretend like they did not do or say things they did or said. They do not want to be held accountable for their wrong actions. Life is not a wrestling match. Life is for real.

Believers are in a contest to be sure but, the enemy is Satan, not people. Sometimes, people who are controlled by Satan or his attitudes must be corrected but, this is also for real. It is not a match where we joust and fence to make points so we can “win” and then go on as if nothing wrong has happened. That is so sad.

But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. The Apostle Paul’s words to the Galatians remind us that we can destroy other believers by our attitudes and words. Life is not a wrestling match. Life is for real.

Believers who are not obedient must be corrected. They must be rebuked if they are in sin. They should be restored. They must be removed from fellowship until they are willing to be restored. That is the purpose of the fellowship. We hold each other accountable in our Christian lives. Life is not a wrestling match where we “win” or “lose.”

The Church must be composed of saved and safe and Spiritually healthy members with good leadership. If and when that is true, the healthy fellowship can bring healing and restoration to erring members. Healing, not winning, is the objective.

Wrestlers are part of a team but compete alone on the mat. Many times believers are alone but really, we are part of a team that works together. We are not alone in the conflict. We can call for help. We can pray. We can stand together. As a body, we can bring healing to an ill and affected or sinning part of the body.

Life is not a wrestling match. It is not: shake hands, try to pin or win by points over another person, shake hands again, then go and act like no wrong was done. That is wrestling. That is not real life. Mature believers do not live like that. When people live that way, they evidence their immaturity.

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.

From I Peter 1:22



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