“Greatness in Christ’s kingdom is very different from what is usually counted eminence in the kingdoms of the world. Its elements are not only different, they are the reverse of those which constitute worldly greatness. Spiritual greatness consists in the combination of humility and laboriousness [service]. He is the greatest who is the ‘least of all,’ and the ‘servant of all.’ This principle has its highest verification in the King Himself. ‘I am among you as he that serves’ (John 13:27).”
~ Hugh Martin, writing about Jesus washing the disciples’ feet in John 13 (p. 96, in SIMON PETER Banner of Truth Trust, 1984).