Jesus does here what we have seen him do so often in Matthew. He teaches. After all, he is a rabbi. He teaches by drawing sharp contrasts... “You have heard it said, but now I say to you…” In the world, leadership is often a matter of astute acquisition and use of power. In Jesus’ kingdom, leadership is submission to others and a loving attempt to serve others. So, Jesus points to the ostentatious temple leaders, and says to the disciples, “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
As Jesus spoke to the disciples that day, he explained that the main principle is not the need to succeed. Winning isn’t the only thing. We are called to serve. We serve not to gain recognition or a greater place of honor. We serve because God in Christ has served and continues to serve. Through serving each other, we share God’s love. The bottom line? Listen to the Apostle Paul who said, “Lead a life worthy of the call of God.” That means humility and service.