I think most everyone gets to that point at one time or another. That point where what we are trying to do gets too hard, too difficult and seemingly too impossible to accomplish. It could be with the marriage, the kids, the business, or even our ministry for the Lord. The overwhelming temptation to throw in the towel and wave the white flag of surrender becomes all too real.
Don’t do it…use it instead.
The disciples had come to the Last Supper in a foul mood. They were bickering among themselves as to who would rule the roost. Luke 22:24 (NASB95) 24 And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest.
Imagine that! There was a power struggle among the most saintly of the saints and this on the most holy of night’s Jesus would ever have with them. Jesus comes to impart His final words and we all know the last words of a man about to die are the most important. And instead of a group of willing recipients, He faces men who have nothing but their own agendas in mind.
He must have wanted to just throw in the towel and yet He didn’t. Instead of throwing in the towel, He chose to use it to serve them even further.
John 13:3–5 (NASB95) 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, 4 *got up from supper, and *laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. 5 Then He *poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
He got their attention by washing their dirty feet. He got their attention by going the second mile with them and in doing so gave us the most important truth we as believers could ever receive concerning one another. We are here to serve one another not rule over each other.
In the midst of strife we can choose to throw in the towel or we can choose to wash each other’s feet in humble service. It’s a lesson we all need to not just learn, but practice as well.
John 13:13–17 (NASB95) 13 “You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 “If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. 16 “Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. 17 “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
There are many blessings promised us if we will choose to use the towel instead of throwing it in. For much more on this powerful revelation listen to the message, “The Royal Towel”. You will find it on our media page at RiverChurchRoanoke.com.