Throwing in the Towel
13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
I recall watching a boxing match on television and it was a middle-weight champion who was attempting to defend his title against a welter-weight turned middle weight. The challenger to the champion was younger, faster and stronger. He was new to this weight category, but showed his stamina and quickness with repeated blows to the champion. The champion was knocked down a few times in the first few rounds, but kept on his feet and tried to battle back. After seven rounds, the champion had only won one round. In order to win the match, he would need to knock-out his challenger with a TKO. He was losing most of his rounds. Instead, his manager and coach said he had enough and threw in the towel. Throwing in the towel means that you give up and do not wish to find any more.
In competition, it is not easy to surrender. In brings up the unpleasant image of defeat in battle or admitting that you are not good enough to handle the challenge. In our competitive world, we are taught not to give up, never give in and never surrender. Surrendering is a sign of weakness and admission of being a loser. However, the Bible teaches that rather than trying to win, succeed, overcome and conquer, we should instead yield, submit, obey and surrender. The difference is that we are not to surrender to the world and what it offers, but surrendering to God and let him use us for His purposes. Instead of trying to do battle through life our way, there comes a point in time when I need to throw in the towel and let God be the champion in my life.