In the second volume of Pandora Hearts we are greeted with flashbacks and a reminder of the character of Oz, our hero. Oz has a flashback where he remembers Gil becoming his valet. For those who don’t know, a valet is a male servant. So, Gil, a boy his own age, was to become Oz’s servant. Once the paperwork is finalized and this happens, Oz tries to tell Gil something but Gil ends up cutting him off and talking about how he will be subservient and serve him. Oz then responds by saying, “You’re my valet now and that means from now on I’ll protect you no matter what cos’ that’s the Lord’s duty.” Gil is taken aback. He doesn’t expect this kind of response from his new master. In the first volume we see a situation similarly where Oz tries to raise up his lowly friend and servant Gil. Oz had asked Gil to participate in a ceremony for Oz’s coming of age. This was a role which in that society was meant for those who were more important, not the lowly valet.
As Christians, we too are serving a Lord where we are supposed to be His servant or, more aptly as Paul describes it – his slave. But, does our Lord and King abide by cultural norms in how He responds to His servants? Absolutely not.
First, we see Jesus coming to Earth as a servant to His people. There is no better illustration of that than when He washed the feet of His disciples (John 13:1-17). This was a task for the lowliest of low. It was not a task for the Lord of Lord and King of Kings, but our Lord was not like the lords of man. It was a filthy, lowly task for servants of servants, a disgusting task no man would want to do right before eating. Yet, He did. Christ humbled Himself before the ones who should be His servants. He humbled Himself before those who were of lower state. He humbled Himself before those who were undeserving.
Christ didn’t abide by the rules a leader was supposed to abide by. He did not seek to self-promote, but embraced ministries of others which promoted the kingdom (Matthew 3:13-15). He forgave those who abused Him (Luke 23:34). He chose to be humble with reduced power and authority while in human flesh (Philippians 2:6-8, Hebrews 2:9). He pointed out that leaders are to also serve (Mark 10:42-45). He allowed Himself to be betrayed (John 13:27). He let Himself die at the hands of His enemies in order to save them (Romans 3:23-25).
Christ came as a servant king to serve His people, to give everything to them including His own life. Oz from Pandora Hearts give us an example of a leader choosing to exalt the lowly as Christ calls us to do. We see one who is willing to flip the script on what a leader is expected as Oz promises to protect and defend his servant. Christ promises the same of us, His servants. He will protect and defend us as that truly is Our Lord’s promised duty.