How you to can become a cowboy hero.

by Kevin on May 20, 2010

We have all seen the old cowboy movies where the rancher works sun up to sun down.

He usually has a beautiful wife and a little boy with perfect manners, but full of harmless mischief. The rancher can ride any bucking horse and will have him neck reining that afternoon. They live in a cozy little cabin on the side of a mountain with spring water back behind the house. Ma always has supper right on time.

The family spends every night reading from the Good Book and learning how to live. The family is always at church every single Sunday. Pa never uses cuss words and never raises his voice. He is what every Godly man should be.

When the Indians attack, not one single bullet from a Comanche war party will hit anyone. Every one of Pa’s bullets takes a warrior off his horse. When there is only a few Indians left, Pa is merciful and doesn’t kill them just because he can. He had enough killing from the time he was with the rangers and in the war between the states. cowboy church old west gun fight

Sometimes, a neighbor will have a catastrophe and Pa will be called in to save the day. He will have to leave his wife and son for a time and they are scared he will never come back. He tells the son to take care of his Ma and then he kisses his wife like it’s the last time. The rancher then rides off with his trusty Winchester to battle evil. He ends up saving the day and getting shot. One bullet though is not enough to slow him down. He rides back up to the house after killing all the bad guys and humbly says that it wasn’t nothing. Anyone would have done the same thing.

I think most of us have watched those movies and longed to be that man. The one who saves the day. The one who has everything that he wants but wants very little. The one who is afraid of nothing and tougher than anyone else on earth. We all want to be that cowboy whose actions speak words that his mouth never will.

The sad fact is, most of us are the complete opposite of this. We work 8 to 5 and then we need all weekend to relax because we have worked so hard during the week. We think that just because we attend church every Sunday that we are getting into heaven. Or maybe we think that we can be great Christians without ever attending church at all. When called on by a neighbor for help, we usually have something going on. We would always love to help out but just can’t this time. When the “Indians” of today attack, we hide in the closet, in the bottle, on the golf course, or at work. When we do get injured, we look for sympathy, gratitude, glorification and notoriety.

We can have our own version of the old cowboy movies, but most people are too weak and shallow to have it. They are scared of hard work, scared of getting bucked off, scared of being a Christian, scared of doing what we say we will do, scared of risking it all for a neighbor, and scared of being humble in a proud world.

Being a true Christian is just as hard as being that cowboy. It requires hard work, dedication, sacrifice, danger, being ridiculed, made fun of, accused, and loathed. Being a Christian is claimed by many but actually accomplished by few. Christianity isn’t a hobby, it’s your entire life. There is nothing else. It takes the same dedication as that story book cowboy. It’s a very tough life but the rewards are “out of this world”.

John 6:60, 66-68
60On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”…66From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. 68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Today, I urge you to quit being the person that the cowboy always has to go and save. Instead, become the one who does the saving. Become that role model that everyone looks up to. It will be the hardest thing you will ever do and you will never be able to take a day off. Some might say that this kind of person doesn’t really exist, but they do. Jesus refers to them as his sheep.

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  • Wow.
    Powerful words and a powerful image. I was always more interested in the Knight in Shining Armor type, but it’s the same basic idea. Thank you for sharing this powerful message.

  • Yeah, I second that “Wow!”

    What a great post. Only in Jesus can we be that person who does the savin’. Or to put it another way, and probably more accurate, only Christ in us can be that hero. For that to happen, He has to be our all in all and our lives have to be completely in His hands. I’m gonna have to show this one to my hubby. He’s always been a cowboy fan, and he’ll like this one.

    Blessings, Cindy

  • Holy hero, Kevin! Does God really expect that much of me? I guess He does. He expects me to be conformed to the likeness of His Son. He expects that I will be an overcomer by faith. The question becomes for me, “Am I expecting (believing) that God can and will really do that in me?” What a challenge you give here! -Richard

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