One TV personality seeks out the  most dirty and grimy jobs he can find. Then he does those jobs on camera so we can all be disgusted.

The surprising thing that usually comes out of this excursion into grime is that the people who do these really nasty chores for a living seem happy to be doing them.

I wonder if that’s the way it is among the people of God. In the church and in the community of God’s people, there are definitely ‘dirty’ jobs that God has called us to do.

For instance where is the glamour in working in a homeless shelter, providing gospel hope and physical help to street people? Where is the intrinsic joy in walking into a hospital room to visit a patient who has just received awful news from the doctor? And how can it be easy to sit across the counselling room from abused spouses and try to help them retain their dignity and piece their life back together?

Imagine how the crowds gasped when Jesus reached out and touched the leper. He was not afraid of ‘dirty’ jobs. Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He was “moved with compassion” for the lame, the ill, the downtrodden (Matt. 9:36). Let’s follow His lead and with love tackle the tough tasks around us.

Work well done for Christ will receive a “well done” from Christ.


Dave Branon


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