Video from Food for Watch
"With that, Cortez and his men burned their own ships, and by burning their own ships, the commitment level of the men was raised to a whole new level. A level much higher than any of the men, including Cortez, could have ever imagined." Captain Ramius from the Hunt for Red October
In essence, when we decide to follow Jesus, we must burn—and keep burning!—the boat. You see when Christ asks us to leave everything behind HE means everything. If we like the rich man cant do it Christ does not cut you some slack. Scripture tells us we are not our own, We belong to God. We exist to glorify and enjoy God forever. Our sins are forgiven and our guilt is taken away, rebellion is overcome.
Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.
1 Corinthians 6:19 "19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,"
Today many Christians cant seem to give up politics, entertainment, or our lifestyle for Christ. We try to compromise, we try to dress up our shallow faith with Christian window dressing but it just does not work.
So ask your self is Christ at the center of your life? What have I confessed and given up for HIM? God wants us to lay everything at his feet, including our pain both physical and emotional. In order to love God at all, we must give him our all. We can no longer simply include God in what belongs to him. God has declared that every square inch of this universe exists under his sovereignty and so does every aspect of our lives.
So separate yourself from the world and be a rebel, be counter-cultural for Christ. You are not a scoffer and prosecutor for Christ, you and I bow before him, we seek to glorify him and not men.
There is a peace that surpasses all understanding that is readily available for those who make everything known to God in prayer and surrender everything they own (Philippians 4:6–8). Through prayer, intimacy with Christ is readily available for the weary and heavy-laden. (Matthew 11:28).