Burn the ships is a phrase that I was familiar with but could not remember the origin story. So when I heard for King & Country’s great song Burn The Ships, I immediately had to do some quick research.
In 1519 Hernan Cortes and his crew sailed to Veracruz, Mexico. Soon after arriving the men of Cortes’ crew wanted to return back home. Legend says that Cortez ordered his men to burn the ships. Once they burned the ships they no longer had the option of going back home. They had no choice but to go forward into a new life.
Burn the ships means to cut off the option of returning to old ways and forging ahead to the new. It is easy to see how this can be applied to the Christian life.
Have you left your past behind? Are you forging ahead into the new life? What ships do you need to burn?
Below is the music video for King & Country – Burn The Ships