A ship is much larger, much heavier, and much steadier than a little boat. It is able to weather great storms that would crush individual boats. Therefore, the odds of survival are greater when sailing aboard a great ship than a personal, small boat.

That being said, the people of God are having problems because:

  • They are rejecting the ship of God in favor of sailing their own, smaller vessels. The advantage of this is you don’t have to follow the rules and stricter lifestyle of a large ship. The disadvantage is should problems arise, you are a grand total one-man crew.
  • We are trying to weigh the ship down with too much baggage. Such cargo is the worries, frustrations, and burdens of a sinful lifestyle. Such weight has a tendency to drag the ship down, slow its progress, and overall be a hindrance to the ship’s divine mission. It must be tossed overboard.
  • We are not listening to the Captain of the ship. In Acts, the big Captain, God, told the little captain, Paul, to warn the people about the voyage. The people didn’t listen, the voyage went bad, and the ship sank. God will send us a little captain (a spiritual leader) to make His will known to the sailors. If the people don’t listen, can they really be surprised if the cost is high?

And we will notice in Acts that the key to the sailor’s survival is that they stay on the ship—not jump overboard too early.  The same applies to us. If we’re sailing onboard the ship of God, it is not wise to jump overboard and try to weather the storms on our own. Cause we might drown.

Therefore we must pray:

  • Pray against loss of life aboard our spiritual ship.
  • Pray that our brothers and sisters will work together to keep the ship operational.
  • Pray for the little captain who is God’s spokesman to the crew—that he stay strong in the midst of adversity and continues to hear the voice of God.

(Inspired from Apostle Jones sermon, The Ship wont Sink Cause I’m on it.)