“Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others. If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored.”

Arrogance has been the downfall of so many over the course of history—you’d think we’d have learned our lesson by now.

But we haven’t.

Take this verse to heart—it’s not just a platitude. It’s showing you how the world works.

When we arrogantly put ourselves above others, we often think we’re gathering respect. We’re not.

We’re gathering resentment. And when it builds enough, that resentment can come crashing down upon our heads in a wave of vengeance.

The simple truth is that the world works better when humanity works together, rather than constantly striving for power.

A Metanarrative of Relationships

True wisdom is always consistent with the two overarching themes of the Bible—respect for all people, and reverence to God. Together, these qualities show humanity how to succeed.

Scripture acknowledges that this isn’t easy. In fact, it shows us just how impossible it can be. But when we read the Bible carefully, when we take the time to understand its words and contexts, the path to a better world, and a changed life, is revealed to us.

That is a part of the purpose of the Bible. And in it, it succeeds beautifully for those who take the time to listen.