We visited with family and friends, met some famous horsemen, toured a well-managed ranch, watched some beautiful horses, and even acted as photographers for an expectant cousin’s baby gender reveal.
Then, to top it all off, we purchased a really nice horse…and won a really nice saddle!
In making plans for the sale, Sherri and I discussed spending budgets, reviewed the sales descriptions of each horse, and discussed what we were looking for. However, I did not really expect to buy a horse. I had been to the same sale a couple of years ago and already knew the bidding was way outside our range. With few exceptions, the bidding was way outside our range this year too.
We were looking for a well-bred gelding with ranch work and roping experience.
So was everyone else!
The experienced geldings 7 to 15 years of age were bringing top dollar. The participating ranches are known for well-bred horses. The 6666 Ranch, in particular, has a world-renowned horse breeding program. And a well-bred horse experienced in west Texas ranch work is going to be ready for almost anything a rider would want to do in the way of ranch or rodeo riding.
The bidding was also high for the young stud colts. Although the colts lack experience, they have the ability to sire more well-bred colts. Someone involved in American Quarter Horse breeding would have a hard time finding a stud colt with better pedigree credentials than these.
The horse we bought is a four-year-old gelding named Knockout Round. Knockout is too young to really be called experienced, and can’t breed because he’s been gelded. So the bidding was more in our dollar range. Although he needs a bit more finish work, we are very pleased with our good-natured high-pedigree Four-Sixes-bred ranch horse.
For every horse in that sale, pedigree was an important selling point. Lineage is so important that a pedigree chart was provided for every single horse in the sale. Most of these horses have a few champions in their ancestry. Although no guarantee, performance of ancestors provides some indication of potential performance of the horse. High performing horses with good confirmation, plenty of strength, speed and agility, who learn quickly, respond well to training, and instinctively understand cattle, tend to sire horses with similar traits.
Lineage matters not only for horses, but also for people.
According to the Bible, as descendants of Adam, we all inherit Adam’s slavery to sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:22). We inherit Adam’s natural inclination toward sin and selfishness. Sin is not just something we do. Sin is part of who we are…an inherited trait. Our pedigree naturally prevents our being godly and limits us to being sinful and selfish. In fact, because of Adam’s sin, we all have a natural pedigree as children of Satan with a natural inclination to lie and murder as Satan does (Genesis 3:15, John 8:44).
But that’s not the end of the story.
John 1:12, speaking of Jesus, says:
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Think about that.
We understand the importance of pedigree, and we know pedigree cannot be changed. We can improve a horse’s nutrition. We can provide training. We can address medical concerns. There are a lot of things we can do to help a horse achieve its full potential. However, there is nothing we can do to improve the limitations imposed by poor lineage.
Yet, here God tells us since the limitations of our pedigree cannot be overcome, He will give us a whole new pedigree! By receiving Christ and believing in His name, we are redeemed from that relationship with the kingdom of darkness and given a whole new lineage as children of God. We become born of God!
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)
What lineage do you choose? Child of satan, or child of God?