I understand that when General Eisenhower was running for the presidency in the early 50’s, he often told a story of an old farmer who was trying to sell a cow. The farmer was asked about the cow’s pedigree. He replied that he didn’t know what a “pet-er-gree” was. The farmer asked about the butter-fat content of the milk, and couldn’t answer that one either. Finally he was asked how much milk the cow produced. “I don’t know,” the farmer said, “but I do know that she’s an honest cow and will give you all she has.” Eisenhower would then say, “I’m like that cow; I’ll give you everything I have.”
This is the attitude of commitment which every Christian should have towards the Lord. Christ does not desire a portion of our allegiance; He demands our all. He makes this clear in teaching, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same will save it.” (Luke 9:23,24.)
Our primary allegiance belongs to no man, no council, no paper, no school. We are not committed to human mandates, human methods, or human messengers. Our loyalty is directed higher.
“You are not your own . . . For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20.) “For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:7,8.)
Let’s gladly strive to be like Eisenhower’s cow – let’s give our Lord everything we have!