Sacred Cows

Philippians 1:15 (NIV)
It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.

Some people’s religion hold that cows are sacred. Others of us want to see our God in a very similar way that we might see a cow, loving him as we might love a cow of our own — for its milk, big brown and loving eyes, cheese and any profit it can bring us through its sale or through the production and eventual sale of its babies.

This is how it so often can be with those of us who love God — because he cares for us and provides for us in so many ways. We love him, of course we do, but we do not rightly love him when we only really love Him for what we can get him to do for us. In other words, who is centre-stage in our spiritual lives? Is it our needs or the King’s?

There are two main issues in Jesus’ teaching about our walk with him that overrule everything else; we must find ways to get ourselves and our own feelings off centre stage and, secondly, we lose all fear of death, not of dying perhaps but of death itself. Dealing with these two issues is how we de-cow our Christianity. They are of paramount importance in seeking the kingdom of God, Jesus’ reign.

Dying with Jesus is to live with him in life, to walk with him through death into resurrection and into his glory.

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