Â â€œThrowing in the Towelâ€ 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 inÂ Â Â â€¦Â Â John 13:4-5Â Â Â Â 4.Â He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.Â 5. Â After that he pourethÂ 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?Â Â â€¦ Â 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 discipleâ€™s feet could have miraculously had a heavenly pedicure by a legion of angels! Instead, Jesus gave us the outstanding example of humility byÂ “Picking up the Towel” &Â washing his discipleâ€™s feet!
Â So often we can be sidetracked by looking for the â€œBig Thingsâ€ to do for others while overlooking the small everyday opportunities to serve others at their point of need.
Oh just one more thought, Â Â â€¦ Â Â Christ did this knowing that one sitting at the table would betray Him, another would deny Him, &Â 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 â€œPick Up the Towelâ€
Â Let us not be guilty of throwing in the towel; but rather be found picking it up!