People who command attention – Servant Heart, Self Service and Sacrifice

We come to the fifth of our series on people who command attention. In this article we will be looking at a dimension which embraces attitude and action.  

We live in a world where everyone wants to be seen, recognised, acknowledged and in most cases, given service that in their eyes befits their standing in society. We take our cues from the so-called stars from the world of entertainment – television, film or popular music. The world of entertainment has spawned a multitude of global megastars whose diva-like attitude and lifestyle is such that the media is awash with their preening, arrogant, obnoxious, in-your-face narcissism. In the midst of that is a host of headline grabbing, here today, gone tomorrow three minute heroes. 

A close look at these people shows that they do command attention; they do make an impression on the world around them, particularly the millions of fans around the world who follow them. The focus of this article is not on the divas of our world, but on those whose lives are truly transformational and enduring. The bible says of such individuals that although they are dead their lives still speak. Their works, their deeds endure beyond their lifetime, transcending their generation, and affecting generations yet unborn. There are many examples we can cite from the roll call of modern history. Perhaps one of the most outstanding figures is Mother Theresa; a woman from very humble origins who gave her life in selfless service for the poor. Today her legacy lives on because she served selflessly and sacrificially.

Our ultimate example is none other than Jesus Christ. Though the king of kings, He came and lived as a humble servant. St Paul so beautifully and eloquently captures the very essence of Christ’s humility and selfless service in Philippians 2:5-8. On one memorable occasion Jesus said to his listeners that He came not to be served but to serve, and give his life a ransom for sinners. Perhaps the beautiful and poignant example of the servant heart of Jesus is seen in John 13 following the sharing of the communion meal. We read that Jesus took a towel and basin of filled with water and began to wash the feet of his disciples – a wonderful picture to His disciples then and now of what it means to serve; ultimately demonstrated by His death on the cross. 

Jesus is our incomparable figure, the one who stands head and shoulders above all historical and contemporary figures as what it means to command attention through living life based on a servant’s heart, leading to the ultimate act of sacrifice, by His death on the cross of Calvary.


Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2013©

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