“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18:4)
The way up is down. Perhaps you have heard that statement, which sounds contradictory, but upon further examination makes perfect sense. If we wish to go up to heaven, where God is (cf. Matt. 5:16), then we must be humble [lowly]. Why? God is against the proud, arrogant, and selfish (cf. James 4:6; Prov. 8:13; Isa. 13:11). The proud Pharisee was used in a parable by Jesus to show the need to humble oneself (cf. Luke 18:9-14). Be assured that if we exalt ourselves, God will bring us down. Instead, let us humble ourselves so that God can do the exalting. Remember, God does the exalting on His time so be patient, prayerful, prepared, and precise (1 Pet. 5:5-9; Eph. 5:14-17; cf. James 4:10).
If we wish to be great in the kingdom of heaven, then it will take humility. Christ set the perfect example, so let us follow His lead (cf. Phil. 2:1-18). There is a great need for humility, and it starts with you and I! God is in heaven, and we are on earth; let us start there (cf. Ecc. 5:2; Hab. 2:20).