On July 23, 2000, my preacher gave one of the best sermons I have ever heard in my life. God used that sermon to speak to my heart in a great and mighty way. The text for the sermon is from Psalm 107:22-30. The first two verses are especially meaningful to me:
"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep."
In his sermon, Preacher likened going to the sea in ships to doing great things for God. Don't just be a Christian, be a GREAT Christian; don't just be a soulwinner, be a GREAT soulwinner, etc. Go out to where the deep and great waters are and don't hang around the shallow end where all the yucky, stagnant, scummy water is (that would be complacency in the Christian life). (Those of you who are familiar with cowponds know what I'm talking about here!)
Get out in your ship (not a little rowboat or a canoe) and go way out in the deep water where you can't stand up (you have to depend on God to help keep you afloat), where you can't get to the banks and climb back out. "Why?" Look at verse 24: "These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep." Wow! So if you want to see the works and wonders of God, go out to the deep water!
Then, when you get to the deep water, sink your ship so you can't go back to the banks where the scummy water is. Sure, you can't reach bottom there, but you'll be able to see "the works of the Lord, and his wonders."
Preacher related the ships to being anything from dressing right to getting rid of your bad music, from going out soulwinning and telling people about Jesus to ... _______ (whatever God just laid on your heart).
I guess you could say that Psalm 107:22-23 are my "purpose in life" verses. It is my greatest desire to, first and foremost, be in the perfect will of God; I believe that "doing business in great waters" is a major part of His will.