Jesus got up from supper, laid aside his garments, and taking a towel, he girded himself.John 13:4
With what do you gird yourself? A sword, perhaps? A priestly sash? Sackcloth?
In his last hours before the crucifixion, John tells us that Jesus girded himself. He mentions it twice—perhaps hoping that we’ll notice. Jesus got up from supper, laid aside his garments, and taking a towel, he girded himself.
You know the rest of the story. He poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded.
Our actions are likely directed by the items with which we gird ourselves. If we carry swords, we will tend to use them. Priestly sashes will probably keep us separated from our neighbors. Sackcloth will likely keep us in the ash heap. What could happen if we girded ourselves with towels?