In order to capture the magnificient array of living creatures in an aquariam a diver has to plunge into the water’s depths. It takes someone brave enough to go into the “unseen” realm to draw out this beauty for us to see. Spiritually we also need fishermen who are willing to dive into God’s depths and search for unknown treasures. How much glory God has put in the depths! It would be unobserved and unappreciated if someone did not “sacrifice” their lives to retrieve it. We believers need to be those people who plunge into the deep things of God and bring to the world the living beauty we find there. This is only possible through the Spirit. As it is written:
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived—these things God has prepared for those who love him”—for God has revealed them to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:9-10).
The underwater world teaches us that much of God’s glory is hidden from the eye and is still largely unexplored. Some have even said that the oceans are more unexplored than the heavens. The deeper we go the higher the pressure becomes. This makes going deeper difficult; the increasing water pressure limits how deep we can go. So it is with us, the deeper we go in God the higher the pressure becomes—it even kills us (kills our self-nature). However, the rewards of going deeper in God far outweigh the costs.
It’s also important for us to realize that there are people who will not be saved unless we dive in after them. In the salvation of these various kinds of people we will see a unique aspect of God’s glory, a glory that we may not have witnessed before. Each person in Christ has a unique glory unlike anyone else. Much of our greater revelation of God is awaiting us, not just in the prayer closest, but also in the sea of lost humanity. And as they are won to the Lord you should pray with Paul “that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know…the riches of his glorious inheritance in his people” (Eph. 1:18).