Cut The Bull: Where’s Your True Passion


A leader who is not passionately committed to a cause will not draw much commitment from others. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, who was passionately drawn to his dream of equal rights for all people regardless of their race or color, I am passionate for family ministry and developing children leaders to carry on for generations to come. This is a passion that not only employs me but one that I would do even if not paid. It keeps me awake at night turning around ideas of “what next can I do?”, or watching television and seeing shows from an angle of “how can I use this idea to further children’s/family ministry?” The world tends to make a way for someone who knows what they want because there’s not much competition when it comes to passionate commitment. Jesus said that it is better to be hot as fire or cold as ice because if you are lukewarm God will spit you out (Revelation 3:15-16).

Jesus had passion. He was willing to proceed alone if needed. Often he did. It was the price he paid for his commitment. I discovered one of my favorite examples of passion and true commitment in a memorable sermon titled “Cut the Bull.” Here is the story of Elijah challenging the prophets of Ba’al and their idols. Elijah told the non-believers that he would prove there was only one God by asking God to rain down fire from heaven to consume the bull sacrifice.

Talk about passion. Elijah really did cut the bull and laid it all on the line. He was passionate about his Lord God and was willing to lay it all down. Where does your passion lay? Have you cut the “Bull” and gone all out for those things you say you are passionate about? Can the people see that you are passionate?

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  • The Elijah vs prophets of Ba’al encounter fascinates me due to what happened immediately following this incident. Jezebel got wind of it from her weakling husband King Ahab and put a death mark on Elijah. In fear he fled from Mt. Carmel through the wilds of Canaan–likely avoiding the major trade routes–down into the desert until he had an encounter with God. Long story, short: He complained that he was the last of the prophets whose knee had not bowed to Ba’al. God informed him otherwise, pointing out there were 3,000 such prophets. He then told Elijah to return the way he came to anoint a successor to the evil King Ahab and his wife Jezebel. Armed with the strength of God and the knowledge that he was not the last of the prophets he once again risked jeopardy rather than fleeing it.

    Passion is a funny thing. It can be fickle if dependent on wrong thinking and incorrect information. But when it is rooted in the heart of God, then amazing things happen.

    Great post, Todd. It is causing me to look at my own life and what motivates me.

  • BrotherC

    Another insightful post Pastor Todd. There comes a time in all of our lives when we must “Cut the bull” and choose this day what we will do. Some times we have a tendency, when involved with our “passion” to allow it to “wane due to the mundane.” But, one of the great things about passion is it can be rediscovered and rekindled.

    Elijah’s story has always fascinated me because of the extraordinary passion and faith he exuded during this confrontation. The consequences of failure would be dire, yet he courageously removes failure as an option. This is a man whose faith in God burns white-hot and knows, that he knows, that he knows, that God will not fail him. Now that is faith! That is passion! No excuses, no hedging your bets!

  • Wow my friend you are off to a blazing 2011. Keep it up!!