Meditation on Matthew 19:30
But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
Matthew 19:30 KJV
Jesus speaks to us in this verse to show that there is a difference between values in Heaven and earth.
Those who consider themselves "first" here on earth are in danger of being last in Heaven which could mean, that they will not enter Heaven but be cast aside as stubble for burning.
We find warnings all through God's Word and Jesus shows by example from when he walked on the earth. He preferred to be with the poor and we see mention of Him visiting the home of a tax collector to eat, a man who was despised by the community.
Jesus saw the despair in the tax collector's heart. He wasn't a proud man. This type of heart can grasp the things of God.
The hard and unrepentant proud heart cannot bend unless it loses all the things of this world it has - that give it the power to be hard. Sometimes it is not things, but simply ideas that it protects as being of superior intelligence.
What Jesus is telling us here is not to seek to be first in this world, it will not get us into heaven. There is also the danger of trying to be the last on this earth and it is fraught with the danger of a fake humility and humbleness which is actually filled with pride. Jesus sees through that type of deceit of the heart.
Lord, thank You that You judge according to the Father's Law. I am assured of a just trial when I stand before You. Thank You for the Blood that covers me and I ask you to help me to lead a life that is pleasing to You. Amen.