Tuesday, July 23, 2019


In 1518 Herman Cortes outfitted some ships in Cuba to explore the coast of Mexico. After landing he ordered his men to have all sails and metal fittings and cannon removed from the ships. Then he ordered the ships burned so that there could be no retreat. It must have been a terrible sight for the crew, standing there on a hostile beach, facing a mysterious continent, and then watching the destruction of the only transportation home. Cortes wanted to guarantee that none of his crew would give up on the mission and look for a way of escape.

In your commitment to the mission of Christ, are you willing to surrender your avenues of escape? Are you willing to say “No retreat”? For the duration of my life I am committed to the cause of Christ.