We will sell our lives dearly.

by Kevin on July 8, 2010

“Texas has been a second chance for me. I expect that might be true for many of you as well. It has been a chance not only for land and riches, but also to be a different man. I hope a better one.”

“There have been many ideas brought forth in the past few months of what Texas is and what it should become. But we are not all in agreement. But I’d like to ask each of you what it is you value so highly that you are so willing to fight and possibly die for. We will call that Texas.”

“The Mexican Army hopes to lure us into a chance at escape. Almost anything seems better than staying in this place penned up. If, however, we force the enemy to attack, I believe every one of you will prove himself worth 10 in return. We will not only show the world what patriots are made of, but we will also deal a crippling blow to the army of Santa Anna. If anyone of you wishes to depart under the white flag of surrender, you may do so now. You have that right.”

“But if you wish to stay here with me in the Alamo, we will sell our lives dearly.”

(A line is drawn in the dirt)

“I now want every man who is willing to fight and die for Texas to step across this line.”

We all know what happens to Col. Travis and the rest of the cowboys at the Alamo. It don’t end pretty. I wonder if I would have had the guts to step across that line. Supposedly, all the men did except one. They all knew what was going to happen. There was no doubt. But they all stayed there and gave everything that they had to fight for something that they believed in.

Over 180 cowboys gave their lives for something that they believed in. They believed that Texas should be free and they gave everything so that you and I could gather cattle in the very state that they died for.  They lost that battle, but they sure enough won the war.

It can be said that the most famous verse in the Bible is found in John 3:16. Jesus himself says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not die, but have everlasting life.”

It makes me kind of sad that many people and some Christians can’t have that same type of loyalty and dedication to God as those cowboys did for Texas. There is a battle that is being fought right now. There is a war that is taking place and most people are oblivious to it. The war is over self.

Satan will have you believe that this world and it’s land and riches is what’s important. Satan will convince you that your feelings and your comfort are what really matters. He will try to talk you into the religion of Self.

The religion of Self is this:

  • Self Righteousness – I am a great person that’s never done anything real bad so that should be good enough for God.
  • Self Pity – If God really loved you, He wouldn’t allow bad things to happen and give you everything you want.
  • Self Reliance – If you’re gonna make it in this world you can’t depend on anyone but yourself.
  • Self Indulgence – You deserve to have everything you want and you shouldn’t have to beg or wait for the desires of your heart.

It is against this that Jesus spoke of when He said, “If anyone wants to be my follower, he must deny himSelf, take up his cross, and follow me daily.” (Matthew 16:24) This is the speech where Jesus draws the line in the dirt. He is calling you to action to fight in this battle against self and for Him.

I wonder if we rewrote that famous speech by Col. Travis, would we have anyone step across the line and be willing to die for what they say they believe in? Would you still be standing there or would you cross the line?

“Jesus has been a second chance for me. I expect that might be true for many of you as well. He has been a chance not only for eternal life and peace and happiness, but also to be a different man. I hope a better one.”

“There have been many religions brought forth in the past few thousand years of what Christianity is and what it should become. But we are not all in agreement. But I’d like to ask each of you what it is you value so highly that you are so willing to fight and possibly die for. We will call him Jesus.”

“The devil hopes to lure us into a chance at escape. Almost anything seems better than staying in this place penned up. If, however, we force the enemy to attack, I believe everyone one of you will prove himself worth 10 in return. We will not only show the world what Christians are made of, but we will also deal a crippling blow to the army of Satan. If anyone of you wishes to depart under the white flag of surrender, you may do so now. God has given you that choice.”

“But if you wish to stay here with me and the Church, we will sell our lives dearly.”

(A line is drawn in the dirt)

“I now want every man who is willing to fight and die for Jesus to step across this line.”

We will not win this battle. The war will not be won until Revelation 19:11, 14 are fulfilled. “Then I saw a door open in Heaven, and a white horse appeared. Its rider was named “Faithful and True” –being One who in righteousness acts as Judge, and makes war……The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses.”

Only those who have crossed the line will be able to be riding one of those white horses and follow Jesus into the last battle.

Won’t you come and ride with me?

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  • Man that gave me cold chills! Let’s gear up, the whole armor of God and let’s take our stand against the enemy! Only difference is that at the end of our day, not even the gates of Hell will prevail! Whoo yeah!

    • Kevin

      Sound the charge!!!

  • I’ve been reading Bonhoeffer again. Here’s what he said, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” And to explain that further he wrote, “Self-denial is never just a series of isolated acts of mortification or asceticism. It is not suicide for there is an element of self-will even in that. To deny oneself is to be aware only of Christ and no more of self, to see only who goes before us and no more the road which is too hard for us.”

    I like that. If we have our eyes on Jesus, the Captian of the Host, the Author and Finisher of our faith, then it matters not how hard the road is.

    –Richard

    • Kevin

      I should have referenced A.W. Tozar and “The Pursuit of God”. He is the one that came up with the idea of the “self religions”, not me. I just forgot to do that.

  • Red

    Kevin, you have outdone yourself again. We’re heading to Alpine soon, hope we can meet up. And thank you for not only stepping over the line, but up to the plate and never faltering in your work for the Lord. You do not know what an inspiration your faith and willingness to share are to me in my walk. Thank you again. ~ RED

    • Kevin

      You just let me know when you get down here and we’ll sure meet up. Thanks for the kind words.

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  • David Dawson

    Kevin, I used this as a devotional prior to our Ranch Rodeo at the Cross Brand Cowboy Church this past Spring. I am the Arena Team Leader and one of the Lay Pastors at our cowboy church. Yesterday I got a copy of the ‘NCV’ (New Cowboy Version), at least thats what I call it, of the book of Matthew. I hope to use some more of your devotionals as inspiration for future events at our arena. If your ever in Northwest Alabama, stop by for a visit I’m sure there’s an extra horse around. Thanks so much! David Dawson, Cross Braand Cowboy Church, Killen, Alabama.

    • Kevin

      Thank you David! Not just for using the devotional, but for stepping across that line.

      • David Dawson

        Kevin,

        I will be doing this again this coming Saturday evening at the Cross Brand Cowboy Church 1st Annual Bull riding, I hope you don’t mind. I had such a good response when I did it for the ranch rodeo that our pastor asked me to do again although I’m not worthy. I will be doing on horseback and my old horse, Alpo, ain’t white but I hope to be able to ride him in this last battle. And if your up this way, stop by and say hello!

        David

  • Ed

    I’ve crossed that line. If it means forfeiting my life, so be it.

  • Saddled up and ready to ride for the brand. Crossing the line to stand for Him, with all of you, that is what we are here for.

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