Empty Bucket Faith

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 4:13-25

[Our inheritance] depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace. (v. 16)

I loved going to Grandma’s. She had so many interesting things. To get a drink of water, she even had this pump in her yard. Up and down with the handle a couple of times—and out came cool, fresh water.

The only problem was, I was too small to reach the handle. Any time I wanted a drink, I had to ask someone else to run the pump while I held the bucket. They did all the work; I got the benefit.

That’s how faith works in our salvation. We want a relationship with God. We want the forgiveness of sins. We want eternal life. But we can’t achieve them on our own. The handle is too high for us to reach.

So faith means coming to God with our empty buckets and asking him to do all the work. And he did! Through the life, death, and resurrection of his Son Jesus he earned for us the right to become children of God (John 1:12-13).

And grace means that God does indeed promise us all his benefits, free for the asking. Grace is like the water that saves our life; faith is the bucket with which we catch it.


God, I come to you with my empty bucket and ask you to fill it with forgiveness and salvation by your grace. Amen.