"Better to be lowly and have a servant than to play the great man and lack bread."
Humans have an insatiable desire to feel important. Our egos hunger for power and position. Our pride thirsts for status and esteem. If we cannot obtain these things through our own merit, we are often willing to "fake it till we make it". The problem with this is it leads to frivolous spending on status symbols that are shallow and hollow. Then we wake up broke. It leads to the trampling of others and pushing them down to give ourselves the illusion of elevation. Then we wake up alone. In playing at greatness, we seed our own destruction and leave a wake of debt and pain.
People who are truly great have no need to feel that way. Their character and the fruits of righteousness are enough. They are content to be who they are whether the world takes note or not. They remember the upside-down nature of the Kingdom of God, less they forget Jesus said those who are first in this life will be last in the next. Let us stop playing. Let us put away our egos and pride. Let us be content to walk in biblical wisdom. Let us live for an audience of One.