“For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves” (Luke 22:27).
Having stated that kingdom greatness is achieved when you take on the status of a servant, and become as the youngest (v.26), Jesus now offers himself as the example to be pursued. His is a model of success antithetical to any standard of measure by which this world measures success. Instead of giving you a title to satisfy your ego, he offers you a towel to serve others.