Back to Reach • Devotion #5: Get Your Hands Dirty
Michael Young | Student Ministry Intern
Being an avid moviegoer, I see many trends. One trend, in particular, is how they depict a certain character type. Look at leaders in movies across the board. Whether it is a king, emperor, gang leader, president, captain, or even business owner, they usually have the same characteristics. They have some fancy lair, castle, house, or whatever it may be. They usually have some look or style that separates them from the rest of the group. They have several followers catering to them, but most of all they do not get their hands dirty. While watching a lot of movies, I notice that the leaders (usually villains) never seem to get their hands dirty. That is, of course, until all easy tricks fail and they have no choice but to get their hands dirty. Then they say a cheesy line like “if you want it done right, you have got to do it yourself.” Yet, the point still stands, leaders never get into the grit and grime of day-to-day operations; they are “above it.” In the character’s background, they have done everything before, but now they have achieved leadership and a place to be proud. Working is beneath them. Their job is to give orders and never to do anything themselves.
Is this the case for you? Have you gotten to a place where serving is beneath you? Are certain jobs you have done in the past just not worthy of your time now? Look at Mark 10:43-45, “But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus tells His disciples that in Christianity the hierarchy will be different. Actually, it is completely upside down from the world. Leaders will be the servants, and no one is above this, even Christ came to serve. Pride can hinder us from this truth. No one is above serving and loving people; leadership will be known for its service. Pride may get in our way, but we are called to serve even when our hands might get dirty.