A young man who had been invited to a dinner given by the South African statesman John Cecil Rhodes arrived by train and had to go directly to Rhodess house in his travel-stained clothes. To the young guests horror, he found a room full of people in full evening dress. Soon Rhodes appeared, wearing an old suit. He had heard of the young mans problem and wanted to spare him further embarrassment.
Rhodes literally clothed himself with humility, a clear picture of what the apostle Peter is speaking about in todays text. Clothing ourselves with humility toward others puts us on their level, in their shoes, and keeps us from lording it over other Christians or flaunting our position.