“Throwing in the Towel” is a phrase that originated from the sport of boxing. Years ago boxing managers would throw the towel in the ring during a boxing match to concede the match in lieu of inevitable defeat. Hence this has become a common place phrase when someone is giving up, they are said to be “Throwing in the Towel.”
With this in mind we read in … John 13:4-5 4. He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Have you ever stopped to ponder that this was Jesus? … This was the one with all of the power that heaven possesses, and he reached for a towel to wash dirty, smelly, cracked calloused feet!
Just think, Jesus literally resurrected the dead, healed the cripple, gave sight to the blind, healed leprosy, cast out demons, & turn water into wine. He could have simply spoken the words and the disciple’s feet could have miraculously had a heavenly pedicure by a legion of angels! Instead, Jesus gave us the outstanding example of humility by “Picking up the Towel” & washing his disciple’s feet!
So often we can be sidetracked by looking for the “Big Things” to do for others while overlooking the small everyday opportunities to serve others at their point of need.
Oh just one more thought, … Christ did this knowing that one sitting at the table would betray Him, another would deny Him, & others would forsake Him. With this in mind, the Lord has personally challenged me to be more aware of those small moments of need where I should humbly reach and “Pick Up the Towel”
Let us not be guilty of throwing in the towel; but rather be found picking it up!