Jesus presses the point with the disciples about the religious leaders of His day. “They love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues” (Matthew 23:6). Just before Jesus pronounces the seven woes against the Pharisees, He says to His disciples, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (23:12).
Because we live in a very self-centered world, we must model God’s design for leadership – ‘others first’. God thought of us who were unworthy of His consideration and expressed it by the greatest act of love. Why should we not seek to demonstrate such love by serving others?