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—standing there on a hostile beach facing a mysterious continent, and then watching one’s ships burn, thinking that they might never see home again.
Are we willing to say to our Lord, “We will never retreat from your will?” In other words, are we willing to burn our ships? Are we willing to say, “Lord, here is my life—my ambitions, my heart, my possessions. For the duration of my life I am your committed servant?”
“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).