What happens when the bucket gets full?
By Sparta Live | May 7, 2018 7:12 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
A friend of mine once told me a story that I found to be very amusing. Several years ago, he and his father were in the roofing business when they received a call from a local business that had been established for years. The building was quite old, and a leak had appeared in the roof at some point. They were quickly sought after to locate and remedy the leaking roof issue. Now since the roof was old, pitched very sharply, and was loaded with valleys, you can imagine the difficulty in tracking down a single roof leak.
After an exhaustive search, they reported back to the owner that they couldn’t find anything. At this time, the owner mentioned a handyman that had worked on it some time back and had temporarily stopped the leak, and, maybe if they called him, he could give them some type of direction. They called the handyman and asked him if he knew of the leak and how to repair it. He quickly knew the problem. He told them to proceed to a secret attic door behind the staircase. Open it and follow it to the attic. He told them to walk over to the farthest window and they would find a bucket sitting on the floor. He told them to empty the bucket because it was probably full of rainwater from the leak.
Now my question is who’s tending the bucket, and who’s responsible for emptying it? This story albeit is true, is a good indication of how not to perform if you want to produce a good result. But I think the best lesson we can learn is that our lives are much like the bucket. They are always full, and they lack the ability to empty themselves.
There’s more to walking with the Lord than a quick bucket change. We want the expedited fix like the roof repair or the bucket fix, but we all live life, and we all have a bucket that we carry the messes, the failures, successes, and skeletons of life in. I think we also have this misconception today in that we think we cannot deal with all of it because it’s simply too full. Or maybe we think that if we give our hearts to the Lord that somehow he will expect us to dump the whole thing in order to maintain that relationship with him. Or maybe you’re one of those that thinks “I have to be perfect if I walk with the Lord because people are watching, and I may as well not do it at all instead of trying for a while and messing up.”
See, that is exactly what I thought. And if you are thinking in this direction, then you are as wrong as I was.
In 2 Timothy Chapter 3, we find the answer to the bucket problem. Paul begins to name off many things we suffer against today. The things we try to hide in the bucket. The things we hope no one sees and the things that defeat us because we don’t know how to unpack them. We simply don’t know how to empty the bucket. Paul tells in this chapter of his persecutions and sufferings at the hands of such terrible individuals. Then he says in verse 11, “Yet the lord rescued me from all of them.” Paul compares himself to these people in his first letter to Timothy in verse 15 of Chapter 1 when he describes himself as the chief of sinners.
His description of the bucket is clear. Jesus is the bucket changer. He is the only one qualified to tend the bucket. We are good at filling the bucket but unqualified to empty it. And we all have a need for the bucket tender.
So take a look into your lives. Picture it as a bucket. When you look into it, what do you see? What are the things that are hidden? Because we are good at hiding things from people and guilty of trying to hide things from God. Does your bucket look a lot like a mess? Well, I’ll be the first to raise a hand and say “my bucket was a mess.” As a matter of fact, every time I try tending my bucket by myself, I seem to get it right back into a mess. Let’s be honest, yours probably is, too.
This is how it works – forget the mess. Forget the bucket. Just focus on giving your heart to the Lord. Focus on walking with him. He’s not asked for you to give it all up and change everything today. He, however, is asking to let him manage the bucket, and he will pull out what needs to be dealt with as each of us mature in our relationship with him. Start by praying a sinner’s prayer. Start a relationship with Jesus Christ. Then, in time, he will empty the bucket of mess.
I never asked my grandchildren to learn to crawl, walk, run, talk, and read and write in the first eight months of their lives. All I asked was for them to love me, and we would deal with the rest as they developed in the process of growth. Jesus is like that in our relationship with him. Come and visit me at Christpoint church this Sunday, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and experience what I’m talking by about. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home.