Gene Autry. Bob Barker. Lassie. Jane Fonda. John Lennon. Mae West. Big Bird.
Not individuals you’d expect to find in the same place. In fact, there’s only one place you can find these stars together—on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, along with more than 2,000 of their peers, stars of the stage, screen and radio. And with an average of two new stars dedicated each month, there is no shortage of Hollywood greats.
Besides a star on a sidewalk and the fondness of fans, what have these individuals really accomplished? Large bank accounts, impressive resumes, and worldwide fame are nice for the moment, but most stars’ proud accomplishments don’t last long.
Humility is a lost art. These days, it seems important to drive the fastest cars, wear the costliest clothing and be seen with the trendiest people. Christ and His definition of true greatness certainly would not be popular with the “in” crowd. Popularity is gauged not by a loving spirit and helpful attitude but by how much we can gain for ourselves.
God asks us to deny our human tendency to seek greatness for ourselves. Colossians 3:12 states, “God loves you dearly and has set you apart as His own, so He wants you to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient.”
Few individuals worthy of real hero status have ever graced Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Truly great people are not those we cheer on in professional sports arenas, see on television screens or sing along with on the radio. Instead, they are those who put aside gain for themselves and reach for a higher state of being—a more Christ-like way of life.
Jesus took upon Himself “the very nature of a servant” and “humbled Himself.” In an act of true greatness, He lowered Himself to the floor before His disciples and even His betrayer, washing the dust from their feet and the sin from their hearts.
As we face the world, it’s important to remember that we work not for our own glory but for the glory of our Saviour who was not afraid to give until it hurt and was not ashamed to play the noble role of servant. Instead of demanding the best for ourselves, let’s make it our goal to bring others closer to the only One who can make life worth living.