Sometimes we justify these prideful thoughts and selfish ambitions by thinking that “if we just become more popular, then we will have opportunity for more influence for God”. We must reject these deceitful and dangerous ideas. We must make the decision daily to be the servant and to humble ourselves before God. He will lift us up and use us for his glory.
Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Matthew 20:26-28
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. - Matthew 23:12