"But many who are first will be last; and the last, first." (NASB)
STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS
"But many who are first (protos: first in time, place, rank, influence, honor) will be last (eschatos: lowest, uttermost, last state, latter end, last in time or in place and temporal succession; last in rank and grade of worth); and the last, first."
Many who hold high influential places of honor will be brought to be the lowest and those who are already laid low will be exalted to the highest place.
You don't have to look very far to see an example of someone fighting their way to the top. Reality TV shows depict people literally doing whatever they can to defeat their rivals - financial news speaks of takeovers and deceit - corporate ladders demand you be first - even within the church, positional status seems to elevate ones importance. My friends, we need to be a people of the Word. Today, willingly take the lower, less desirable role. Serve and walk in humility. May we be found living for a Kingdom where earthly status and reputation mean nothing in comparison to our eternal honor.