Jesus described the way to salvation as narrow, both the gate and the road. That means we need to be careful where we walk. This verse gets into another area where we need to toe the line. It is a hard balance to find.
On one side we are earning recognition. We are to be good scouts, you have probably heard the Scout Law, even if you didn’t know what it was.
A Scout is:It is like a listing of the fruit of the Spirit. You can’t act this way without making a splash. Millions of young men are working at this.
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent
Yet we are to be willing to take second place. That is the hard part. Genuine humility is hard to maintain. I think that is why we are reminded so often by our Calvinist brothers that we are dirty rotten, no-good sinners. It helps us keep our perspective.
So? Be willing to serve. If you are moved into leadership or prominence, continue to serve. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you keep the balance and stay on the narrow road.