Dirty Jobs returns tonight on the Discovery Channel with brand new episodes. This may do nothing for you, but I’m excited about it. Dirty Jobs has become one of the shows that I simply do not miss, and there are very few of those. For the three of you who haven’t seen it, host (and now Ford and Wrangler spokesman) Mike Rowe spends a day doing one of the jobs in our world that must be done by someone, but are often unseemly at best and usually downright repugnant. It’s usually quite comical, as well, to see someone doing a job they are very unfamiliar with in some of the most awkward and–well–dirty environments one can imagine.
The reason Mike does the show is because he wants to highlight those who put in an honest day’s work doing some very unpleasant jobs, and yet never seem to complain about it. In fact, more times than not, the people doing these dirty jobs seem to be having a blast at their work. It doesn’t matter to them how dirty, smelly, wet, muddy, or slimy they get–they simply love what they do, and can’t imagine doing anything else. We cringe watching on our televisions at what they have to do, yet there they are, right smack in the middle of it, having the time of their life.
Contrary to what some people might tell you, following Christ is a dirty job. If you are truly walking with Him and joining Him in His work, you are going to get dirty, smelly, wet, slimy, or worse–and I’m not just talking about the physical here. The Bible tells us that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). We are engaged in spiritual warfare, and that is dirty work. Satan and his demons hate God, and therefore us. They are going to throw everything they can at us to keep us from being obedient to what Christ has for us to do for Him.
That means that you and I are going to get dirty. How many clean soldiers have you seen in the battlefield? They get dirty, smelly, wet, slimy–and occasionally bloody–while they are on combat missions. That’s what we as Christians are called to–spiritual combat against the forces of darkness that permeate this world. We don’t fight the battle on our own, or even on our terms, which is why Paul tells us that we must put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-17). And for those of you in the fight, you’ll understand this: there’s no better place to be.
Just don’t be surprised when your armor gets dirty. There’s good news, though: God can clean you up, no matter how dirty you get.