“Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4).
That humility is the pathway to greatness is paradoxical; it seems to contradict itself. Understand, however, to humble oneself isn’t to think less of yourself, but to think of yourself less. Scripture is filled with a variety of such paradoxical depictions of the life of faith—we see unseen things, conquer by yielding, find rest under a yoke, become wise by becoming foolish, triumph in defeat, and live by dying. The life we pursue is a contradiction to everything this world says brings success and reward because ours is a life given to the greater good of others.