Burn Your Boat

We will reap a harvest
if we do not give up.
   —Galatians 6:9

In 1519 Hernán Cortés landed in Veracruz, determined to conquer the Aztecs. He ordered that the ships in which his 600 men arrived be burned [or sunk], leaving his army with no possibility of turning back in retreat.

Jesus said, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Lk 9:62).

It reminds me of that line: “The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle” (Ps 78:9).

And of “[Jesus’] disciples [who] turned back and no longer followed him” (Jn 6:66).

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal 6:9).

Commit to Jesus and burn your boat.

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