Several years ago there was a show on Discovery channel named Dirty Jobs that was hosted by a man named Mike Rowe. To be honest, I had to look up how many seasons they filmed because I couldn’t quite watch it due to a soft stomach. Believe it or not, the show was filmed for 9 seasons, and for many people it was a favorite. I could never imagine myself going to work in environments such as the deadly snake wrangler. How do you even interview for a job like that? There were also jobs like sludge recycler, sewer inspector, garbage collector, road-kill collector, and pig farmer, and those are just from Season 1 alone. I guess someone has to do these jobs and believe me, I’m just glad someone does since I happen to like bacon. Here is a list of the top ten dirty jobs according to the show:
Dairy Farmhand (Shout out to Dean Hammond)
Oil Rig Personnel
Hazardous Material Remover
Pest Control Removal Specialist (Shout out to Jeff Terwilliger)
High Rise Window Washer
As we think of the Cross, we must remember that Jesus truly took the lowest position for all so that we could experience eternal life. Jesus showed His disciples just how far he would stoop to serve them. In John 13:4-8 you see this incredible act of love and service to his disciples.
- ” So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.6. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7. Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”8. “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
If you have ever participated in a foot washing service you know how humbling it is. This act would have shocked the disciples because in Jesus’ day, this act was reserved for the lowest servant. It was a task that a Gentile slave may do for their master or a host or hostess might have washed the guest’s feet. With that understanding, we can see why Peter would say never! But Jesus was clear with him, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
The Cross is the most humbling act and is hard for us to look to. That Jesus was willing to lower himself for me? That’s incredible love that I cannot understand. We must remember that without this humble servant, without the Cross, and without the empty tomb, we could have no part in Eternity. Praise God that he was willing to humble himself for you and me.
- Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7. But emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.…
May we learn to truly live in that example, to empty ourselves for the sake of others. It has been said that humility is not thinking meanly of oneself; it is simply not thinking of oneself at all. True humility grows out of our relationship with the Father. No one, in all of history has fulfilled that definition better then Jesus Christ.