The opposite of pride is humility and it is often said, rightly so, that pride comes before the fall!
When someone comes to Christ, when they receive Him as their Savior and their Lord, they MUST do so in a spirit of broken-ness. That is to say that they must turn away from all that they believed about themselves, how they see themselves, and receive what Jesus says about who they are.
They must subjugate themselves to His authority, knowledge and wisdom. They must pick up their cross daily and crucify the desires and pride of the flesh!
There are far too many pride-full and self-righteous Christians within the church today. Believers who have forgotten from where they have fallen. Believers who have left their first love. Believers who think more highly of themselves than they aught to think. Even more so there are far too may Christians who have become so full of themselves that they have become blinded by a hardened heart, they have become so filled with pride that they are unable to, if not unwilling to receive the truth.
These people proclaim Jesus as their Lord, they profess themselves as His disciples, but they do not resemble Him. They have not been transformed into His image they have transformed themselves into the image of Him that they created out of their imagination.
I believe that the following are among the greatest words ever spoken by our Lord and are most instructive with regard to pride and discipleship:
(Mat 11:25) At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
(Mat 11:26) Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
(Mat 11:27) All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
The first thing that we see here is that there are things which are "hidden" from the "wise and prudent" that have been "revealed unto babes".
Now many theologians, many self proclaimed authorities of scriptures, many who have doctorate degrees in religious studies, are not particularly fond of these words of our Lord, but that does not make them any less the less truth. May God's word be true and every man a liar (Rom 3:4)
Even more so that Jesus said that this thing is seen as a good thing in the eyes of the Father and subsequently it was the Father who made it so!
The next thing that we see is Jesus claiming authority over ALL THINGS including knowledge of the Father.
In that light Jesus makes it clear that the knowledge of the Father, as well as other knowledge (in my opinion), is revealed unto those whom Jesus chooses to reveal them to according to His will.
Now man can believe what he/she wants to believe. They can believe that their own efforts to learn the true meaning of scriptures, or to learn about the Father and or the Son, will manifest into something seen as beneficial in the sight of God, but Jesus says that the Father reveals these things unto babes!
Those with true humility receive this truth. They do not rely on their own eforts and their own understanding rather on revelation from Jesus Himself.
Now this is not to say that we just sit back and God pours knowledge and wisdom and understanding into us, albeit He can if He so wills as He did with the apostle Paul.
What I am saying is that according to the word of God, Jesus is the revelator, He is the one who gives us understanding.
You can study all of the church history that you want to study, you can study comparative religions, you can go to school for 20 years and not get one drop of divine revelation from our Lord because you are relying on your own efforts rather than on devine revelation.
Our Lord proclaimed:
(Joh 6:63) It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
(Joh 6:64) But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
(Joh 6:65) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
This literally means that the words of Jesus, albeit they can be read with our natural eyes, are spirit. There is something beyond the written word of God, something beyond the text, beyond the letter, beyond the ink, that ONLY Jesus can reveal to us!
Now we will get into this more deeply later on in this writing, but the point I am attempting to make here is that one must first have the humility to set aside the natural ways of doing things and receive the way of the kingdom of God.
We must learn how to begin to walk in the Spirit so that we can live in the Spirit!
We must not conform to the world (Rom 12:1), we must present our bodies as a living sacrifice unto our God. This means to kill off the ways flesh and learn to live in the Spirit (more on this later). We must be "transformed" by the "renewing of our minds" from carnal into spiritual. We have to change the way that we think. We have to choose the things of God over the things of man. We must overcome the world not live as natural brute beasts.
We must remember who the potter is and who the clay is.
This begins and ends with humility!