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A Drop in the Bucket

John 6:9

But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this. The Message

profileToo little too late is a phrase used in sports. If a team is losing 6-0 and makes a come back to lose 7-6 – like Boston lost to the Orioles on Monday – someone might say – too little too late about Boston’s late inning come back that fell short.

Another familiar phrase that should be familiar to many of us is a drop in the bucket. This phrase means close to the same as too little too late. Although the element of time is lost – the same concept of too little is present. A drop of water does not fill a bucket for instance. It would take a lot of drops to do the job.

This is the phrase that the disciples used when referring to the five loaves and two fish they gathered to feed 5,000 (according to one account 5,000 men – not counting the women and children). Here is today’s passage in partial context. John 6:1–13 – 1–4 After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee (some call it Tiberias). A huge crowd followed him, attracted by the miracles they had seen him do among the sick. When he got to the other side, he climbed a hill and sat down, surrounded by his disciples. It was nearly time for the Feast of Passover, kept annually by the Jews. 5–6 When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to stretch Philip’s faith. He already knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered, “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.” 8–9 One of the disciples—it was Andrew, brother to Simon Peter—said, “There’s a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this.” 10–11Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” There was a nice carpet of green grass in this place. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread and, having given thanks, gave it to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish. All ate as much as they wanted. 12–13 When the people had eaten their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted.” They went to work and filled twelve large baskets with leftovers from the five barley loaves. The Message

The hope and prayer is that our walk with Jesus will be more than a drop in the bucket and that we will dig deeper into our relationship with Him – allowing each day to be another drop in the bucket until our bucket is full. God can do more with a little than we might imagine.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


April 22, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Personal, Theology | , , , ,

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