Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
by: Dale Rood.
What does it mean to live humbly? It is interesting to note that those who lack of humility (v.1-7) live only to make a show. There is no sincerity in such a life. In contrast, true humility calls us to serve to give glory to God, not to obtain glory for ourselves. True humility does not try to exalt one’s self but is willing to be exalted (v.12). The aspect of being willing to be exalted is something we do not often consider. Often, others recognize people who have truly served and when that happens the ones who have served need not be ashamed to receive that honor. In reality, honor received for acts designed to glorify God actually honor God more than the individual.