Recently I have been forced into making decisions to either compromise with some folks who are making life miserable for me, or “burn the ships” and forge forward without them.
Burn the ships?
In 1519 Cortés burned his ships as soon as he arrived in the New World with six hundred men. The message to them was unambiguous: There can be no turning back. Two years later he succeeded in his conquest of the Aztec empire.
Hmmm . . . Should I forge ahead like Cortez, or should I try to compromise. Brad Bright once told me that his famous father Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ and many other ministries, once told him: “When I stand before the Throne, I would rather have God ask me, ‘Bill, why were you so gullible?’ rather than, ‘Bill, why were you so critical of your brother?”
So, “burning the ships” has never been the first option for me and I always look for a peaceable, reasonable solution; however, burning the ships must remain an option because I will not compromise on key issues concerning my faith. There can be no turning back or waffling towards my total commitment to Jesus taking the lead in my life.
In the big scheme of things God is the One we need to please. Our desires are secondary to His. He is the creator we are the created. We just need to keep things in perspective. I want to get along with everyone to the best of my ability, but if it conflicts with the plan Jesus has or requires that I compromise my faith, then like Cortez I will burn the ships and plunge forward, knowing that in the end, God will honor that commitment to Him and I will be victorious.
Do you want victory in your life? Of course! Pray about it and memorize this verse: Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Bottom line: Don’t follow the world; follow Jesus Christ!
And without faith it is impossible to please God . . .
Have a great weekend and go to Honey Lake Church Sunday.
March 24 2017 – Click here to listen