Gospel Light Minute – Siya Kolisi (#260)
He is at the forefront of South African rugby. A loose forward, he is the Springbok [sprĭngʹbäk] (South African National Team) captain and also leads the Stormers Super Rugby franchise and Western Province in the Currie Cup.
Having represented his country in age-group World Cups, he burst onto the top tier rugby scene in 2012 at just 20-years-old, when he made his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers. A dynamic player, with a rare blend of speed and power he is comfortable on both sides of the scrum and impressed many with a series of electric performances. He got injured late in that first season but bounced back in 2013, when, at the tender age of 21, he made his Springbok debut vs Scotland. He came off the bench early in the match and managed to put in a Man-of-The-Match performance—a sign of things to come.
He continued to turn in consistently outstanding performances on the field, and backed this up with growing leadership skills and professionalism. He was ultimately rewarded with the Stormers captaincy in 2017 and, in 2018, was named Springbok captain number 61, making history as the first black rugby captain in the 127-year history of South African test rugby.
It was an iconic moment for a man who rose to international stardom from humble beginnings in an Eastern Cape township. Much more, in 2019, he led South Africa to a 32-12 victory against England in the Rugby World Cup Final held in Japan. This victory by the South African team, along with his captainship, was heralded as a huge moment for race relations in the country.
Off the field, he is a family man. He and wife Rachel have two young children and also care for his own younger siblings whom they legally adopted a few years back. He is passionate about helping and creating opportunities for the less fortunate and, as a globally-known face recognizes he has a platform to utilize his influence to help change the world for the better.
He is also an outspoken Christian. Speaking to SportGo Mag just prior to the World Cup, the rugby star opened up about how the Lord had been getting him ready for the big stage by refining his character.
“God has been preparing me for such a time as this,” he said. “While struggling with a lot of things personally — temptations, sins and lifestyle choices — I realized I wasn’t living according to what I was calling myself: a follower of Christ. I was getting by, but I hadn’t decided to fully commit myself to Jesus Christ and start living according to His way.”
Talking about how the Lord convicted him of his sin, he continued:
“Something I was struggling with in my personal life was exposed to the public. Up to that point, everything I was fighting against was hidden, but when my sin was exposed, I knew I either had to change my life, or lose everything. I decided to lose my life and find it in Christ.
“Walking alongside a spiritual mentor, I’ve been able to discover the truth and saving power of Christ in a whole new way. This new life has given me a peace in my heart I’d never experienced before. Now that I have given everything to God, nothing else affects me. I now live and play with the freedom of knowing His plan will always happen, and at the end of the day, that’s all I care about!”
His name is ‘Siya’ Kolisi.
This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Siya Kolisi trusts Jesus Christ as his Saviour, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!