Jesus offers his unsolicited advice fully aware of the jousting for prominence that occurs in our social spaces. He sees our mad dash to the front row so that we can be seen by the chief executive officer, the potential major donor, or the bishop.
I’ve been dead a long time, my life hidden in Christ. Paul says the hidden life is a moral one, putting off vices like a set of dirty old clothes. The man could preach fire and brimstone when he wanted to.