In the context of the bad examples that religious leaders set, Jesus switches gears and tells his disciples what they should be doing. Much has been made in recent years about being a "servant leader". Interesting to note that Jesus does not tell them to be leaders at all. He tells them to simply be servants. Wanting to be a leader can sometimes cause you to be the exact opposite of a servant. And when you serve to become 'something' you become more like a Pharisee than a servant. Better to serve with no ulterior motive.
Jesus tells his disciples, and us, that the path to leadership is humility. Being a servant is all about humility. Brother Lawrence, a 17th century lay monk who worked in a monastery's kitchen, is reported to have said in The Practice of the Presence of God:
Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?I think that the words 'common business' speak a bit to what it means to be a humble servant. Many of us want our works to be special and extraordinary. But Brother Lawrence says that our work is special and extraordinary when it is done unto the Lord. Hence it does not matter what we do but how we do it - and Whom we do it unto.
Help me Lord to remember to do all I do with humility knowing I do it for your glory.