In our Christian ministries, we have board members or staff members who struggle to dream. They find solace in calculating why something cannot work. Jesus also had these people in his life. Look at how A.W. Tozer sees Philip as Jesus envisions feeding the five thousand.
Philip answered, “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.”
John 6:7 (MSG)
Philip the Calculator
A.W. Tozer writes in Tozer on Christian Leadership: A 366-Day Devotional,
Here in the New Testament was Philip the Calculator—Philip the Mathematician, Philip the Clerk. There was need for a miracle and Philip set out to calculate the odds. Probably every Christian group has at least one person with a calculator. I have sat on boards for many years and rarely is there a board without a Philip the Calculator among its members. When you suggest something, out comes the calculator to prove that it cannot be done…
As I say, I have been sitting on these boards for many years, and there are always to kinds of board members: those who can see the miracle and those who can only see their calculators and their strings of calculations…
The people with the calculators [or Excel spreadsheets] have seen the problem, but they have not seen God. The have figured things out, but they have not figured God in.
Philip the Calculator. He can be a dangerous man in the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Every suggestion made in the direction of progress gets a negative vote from this man.
Pray: Lord, deliver us from the control of the calculator. Increase our faith. Amen.