The Titanic went out on its first voyage as the unsinkable ship. No one knew how much danger they were in until it was too late.
Many died that night because of their pride, and human arrogance sinks more than ships. Pride has also cost many people their eternity. The Word of God in Matthew 18:2 says, "He (Jesus) called a little child and had him stand among them and He said 'I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'"
It's pretty sobering. If you can't become humble and dependent, you'll never see heaven. That is because a lot of us are a human Titanic steaming along through life feeling unsinkable. Our motto is "I can handle it." We think that spirit of independence and self-effort will somehow also help us make it with God. That's a tragic miscalculation.
Here's what Romans 3:10 says, "There is no one righteous, no not one...every mouth will be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God." No one will be declared righteous in his sight. We're sailing right for an iceberg called the judgment of God and we're not ready. We're counting on being unsinkable but we're headed for an eternal tragedy.
Jesus said pride would keep people out of heaven—religious pride, family pride, image pride. He said we needed to become like a little child who willingly admits that he cannot make it without help. That's why Jesus came. The Bible says, "When we were still powerless Christ died for the ungodly...while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" ( Romans 5:6-8). Sin carries an eternal death penalty. It can only be paid by someone dying.
In His awesome love for you, God's own Son did the dying for you on His cross. He calls you to come to Him, not proud and self-sufficient, but realizing you have nothing to contribute to your own rescue. You just have to bow at His cross and say, "Jesus, you're my only hope."
Every day you live without that personal surrender to the Savior, is an eternal risk. Somewhere out there in that distance, maybe not very far, is the iceberg. You can prepare for it now and maybe miss it completely by finally getting yourself to that cross to put all your trust in Jesus.
Pride cost people their lives that awful night on the Titanic. Don't let it cost you heaven. Open your heart to Jesus today. Only He is unsinkable, and you can belong to Him.