In the Bible, when Jesus was asked by His disciples who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus answered by calling a small child to Himself. He told them that unless they turn (turn about or turn back again) and become like little children, they would never get to heaven. He went on to say if they become humble as the child, they would be great in heaven. I have worked with children for years teaching Sunday School. The younger they are, the easier they are to teach. And that is because when they are young, before life has had opportunity to display just how unfair, cruel, and deceptive it can be, they possess pure honesty and a willingness to trust without hesitation. Children are humble and unpretentious, harboring no ulterior motives to their words or deeds, although that doesn’t take long to learn. It is this life devoid of pride and self-centeredness that promotes. So if the disciples needed to turn about (toward humbleness), they must have been on the path of pride. If we demote ourselves through humility, God can then promote us. So it would seem the way to promotion is through demotion.
1 About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” 2 Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. 3 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18:1-3 (NLT)
15 I tell you the truth, anyone who
doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Mark 10:15 (NLT)