Blessing… Someone To Do the Dirty Work

Early in the morning all the chief priests and the elders of the people reached the decision to have Jesus put to death. They bound him, led him away, and turned him over to Pilate the governor (Matthew 27:1-2, Common English Bible).

As a kid, I remember thinking it would be fun to be a garbage man. I know I wouldn’t have liked the smell. When I did smell it, I didn’t like it even then. I know why I thought it would be fun in my young very naive mindset. I thought it would be fun because you got to stand up on the back end of the garbage truck. I am not sure that is supposed to happen these days but I do know I see one standing on the back of the truck while the truck is moving.

As I think about it today, I have absolutely no desire to pick up garbage today. It smells, it’s hot, people give you no respect, oh, and did I mention that it is a smelly hot (not to mention cold in the winter, rain and, while not so often in Texas where I live, snow presents these hard workers with yet another obstacle) job where you get no respect? It truly is a dirty job but someone has to do it. As a society, we need these folks to do our dirty work.

While I wanted to ride the garbage truck, even back in those days I would rather have been a firefighter. You got to go to the fires and put them out. You got to hang out at the fire station (or so I thought), but best of all, you got to ride on the back of the fire truck.

The list of dirty jobs could be endless. Mike Rowe made an entire television series based on the idea of people doing these dirty jobs. I loved watching that show though I know I would have little if any interest in doing those kinds of work or even to do Mike Rowe’s job and highlight the work some folks to for us.

The phrase, “Someone to do the dirty work” takes on a different meaning when used in some contests, like today’s lesson. The posts from the past several days have talked about Jesus’ arrest, his facing the high council, and them finding him guilty. Now they wanted someone to “do the deed” when they were unable to do it themselves.

The Pharisees wanted Jesus out of the way but they didn’t want to do the dirty work themselves. At this point, they still aren’t fully sure where the crowd’s support would be. What if they killed Jesus themselves and the crowds took notice and turned out the council members. It is not beyond the realm of possibility. If Jesus was executed and the crowds revolted. There were not that many at any point in the day.

The high council wanted Pilate to look good. So, they gave him Jesus but at the same time, they rid themselves of finding the man guilty. If the people get angry they can point at, and blame the high council. What they needed was someone to do the dirty work. They needed someone they could to whom they could point and assign blame.

We do some of the same. How many dirty jobs do we have where we would like someone to sleep tonight. Why does it say that? I am sure it has a pot-luck purpose. Paul, Margie, and Ryan

Those dirty jobs may not be too appealing, hat’s OK. We also need help to make changes. If we are faithful in these things, just remember, God has a plan and part of that plan is you.

Have a blessed day in the Lord,

Copy right 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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