We need humility to achieve greatness in God's eyes. To be bigger, we have to get smaller.
In his book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulghum wrote, “Wisdom comes not from graduate school but in the nursery school sandbox. These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. When you go out into the world watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.”
Fulghum is not far from the teaching of Jesus that we must become like little children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:3)
Nowhere in the Bible do you see the Apostles asking each other, “How are you? Can I get you anything?
Instead, we see them pushing people away as when they were bringing children to Jesus or keeping those outside their group were ministering in Jesus' name. Now there is conflict about who among them is the greatest. (Mark 9:33-34)
For many the idea of greatness comes from position, prestige, and power. Like children who race and push each other to get a better position in line, the Apostles are arguing about how they should be lining up.
Jesus straightens out their thinking by saying, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.’” (Mark 9:35)
While they're trying to figure out what that means, Jesus scoops up a toddler and makes a connection between the one who receives this child in His name, and the one who receives Christ Himself and God His Father.
The greatest are those small enough to serve people forgotten by others. Those who befriend the person nobody likes. The ones who give to those who cannot give back.