Lineage Matters

Knockout Round

Knockout Round

A couple of weeks ago, we visited the Four-Sixes Ranch in west Texas, for the Return to the Remuda Sale.  What an amazing weekend!

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.

A boy!

A boy!

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.

Ken Raye Custom Saddle

Ken Raye Custom Saddle

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.

horse sale adWhich got me thinking about the importance of lineage.

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.

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)

That’s amazing!

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What lineage do you choose?  Child of satan, or child of God?


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20 thoughts on “Lineage Matters

  1. Beautiful photos! I don’t think often of my lineage, but you make such a good point today. As children of God, we need to continue to choose Him over Satan. God is our Father and continues to hold that title when He created us and we became His child. Through baptism we denounced the kingdom of darkness and proclaimed Christ, as our Lord and Savior. I will be carrying the blessing of child of God and looking at it a little bit differently after reading your words today.
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    • Yes, I love how you point out the need to continue to choose Christ.

      I view James’ epistle and John’s first epistle both as essentially dissertations on what that looks like in day-to-day living. How our daily choices are both a reflection of our spiritual lineage and a continual choosing of which lineage (which covenant) we are claiming.

      Thank you, Mary, for bringing that aspect into the discussion.
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      • Thanks Joe,
        For sharing your thoughts cousin and that you are getting a horse. You always have the coolest thoughts that come back to our Christ. I love that about you my cousin Joe. It always makes me hear from you. Thanks for letting me know. In Christ Love Cousin Betty (Pote) Hartman

    • Oh, yes! So very thankful for my adoption as His son!

      As I wrote this post I was reminded of an old hymn I learned as a child. The refrain went like this:

      But it’s different now, hallelujah!
      For my many, many sins, they are gone.
      And now I’m so highly connected.
      To that Family up in Heaven I belong.
      Oh, it’s glory, hallelujah, and my heart is filled with joy!
      I would have you to know it, one and all.
      That God is my Father.
      King Jesus is my brother.
      And the devil’s no relation at all…not at all.
      No, the devil’s no relation, at all.

      Thank you, Lisa! Have a wonderful weekend!
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    • Thank you, Michele!

      I love your review of ‘The Horse of My Heart.’ I may have to buy a copy, now.

      I can definitely attest to the truth that as I train a horse he is training me. There have been a couple of times when Sherri has asked why not sell one of the horses I ride and my response has been “But I’m still learning from him.”
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    • Yes…it is a bit overwhelming. Since we own other horses and are already set up for their care, it’s not too intimidating.

      Still, though, really good horses tend to carry high price tags…and you don’t really know how well things will work out until you get the horse home and ride him a few times. It’s a lot of money for the level of unknowns.

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    • I bet you do have some deep equestrian roots!

      I’m pretty new to the world of owning and riding horses, but get to rely on my wife’s knowledge and experience. I’m learning and having a lot of fun while I’m at it.

      Yes, so privileged and so thankful to be called Child of God!
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  2. Ah yes… I am so thankful that He has grafted us in to His lineage and we are partakers of His great inheritance! Congrats on the new horse… and what a fun gender reveal idea!

    • “…He has grafted us in to His lineage and we are partakers of His great inheritance!”

      Yes! I am continually amazed by this simple truth…astounded that such a thing could happen. I am a child of God! When Father God looks at me He says, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”

      Absolutely amazing! 🙂
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  3. Lineage, oh lineage. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been cherishing the lineage Jesus offers in a closer, more personal way. The hope of that lineage has stood me solid in the face of my father’s passing 11 days ago. Thank you, Jesus. And Joe, you’ve placed this idea of lineage right in front of us, made it plain and relatable. Job well done. Enjoy the new horse. He sounds like a winner all around, lineage included. Visiting today via #tellHisstory.
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    • I am so sorry for your loss, Kristi…while rejoicing with you in your assurance of God’s grace and faithfulness.

      My father went home to Jesus two years ago this month. I think of him often…and always with a sense of deep joy and anticipation. Papa looked forward to Heaven his whole life…could not even speak of meeting Jesus without choking up with emotion. I know today He is in the arms of our Savior…that his battle is over…that his victory is complete…that his joy is fulfilled!

      Blessings to you!
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  4. Hi Joe, Mary from SonRise Insights…you commented on my post regarding changing your name, and recommended this post. Yes, there is similarity. I love that you compared people and horses. God does that a lot in scripture…I am all too familiar with the bridling the tongue verse, but that’s for another subject. I love the gender revealing thing. Very cool. Enjoy your new addition.
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    • Thanks for checking out the post and for commenting, Mary.

      Yes, when I read your post I was struck by the similarity between being given a new name and being given a new lineage…in each case, looking for a fresh start without limitations of the old identity.

      God does both. He gives both a new name and a new lineage…and we become new creatures in Christ.

      Have a blessed Christmas season!
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