Photo and Commentary (c)2018 by Maylan Schurch
Sabbath, June 9, 2018

Last Sabbath I preached a sermon called “Biography of a Humble Man–Part 2.” The humble Man was Jesus, and toward the end of the sermon I held up the thin, rusty metal strip you see in the photo above. (I included the pen for scale.) Here’s what I said about the metal strip:

I’m holding in my hand an object you might be able to recognize if you saw it up close. Can anyone tell me what this is?

This is a metal bristle from a street sweeper’s brush, from one of those little vehicles that drive around with circular brushes rotating underneath them. This bristle broke off one of those brushes, and I found it beside a curb in our neighborhood.

If you could see it up close, you would realize that it isn’t shiny. It’s covered with rust. This little metal bristle reminds me of a true servant of God. If Jesus were here talking about this bristle, He might remind us, “Do you not know that you are of more value than many bristles?”

But even though this bristle is humble and a bit rusty, it does an important work. It cleans the streets, scrubbing them from organic material that might have bacteria, or bits of broken glass that could cause a child’s foot to be infected. This bristle stands in its place, ready to do what the sweeper-truck’s operator wants it to do.

I think it would be a good idea to once in a while ask God to make us His street sweeper. In other words, just as He humbled Himself all the way down to where He was clamped by gravity to this planet He created, we need to allow Him to humble us down from any pride we might possess, pride which might make us disdain to do the humblest work for Him.

Are you ready to dare to do this? There’s so much out there beyond these walls that needs to be done, so many prayers that need to be prayed, so many people who need to be encouraged, or just some helpful work that needs to be done.