Last week’s post I talked about being steeped in His presence and how it truly changes you (like a tea bag being steeped-you should check it out). Once you have been transformed, it is our responsibility to take the next step. We must them pour ourselves out. What does that even mean?
There are several scriptures in the New Testament where you can find the term “poured out;” examples on how and why we must be poured out. At the last supper (Matt 26:27-29), Christ made it very clear that the blood covenant that we as Christians now are a part of, was His sacrificial pouring out; a gift that He bestowed upon us, a large distribution of His Grace and Mercy for us so that we could now be accepted and come boldly to His throne room. It is literally an outpouring of His life in service and suffering because of His devotion for us all of His creation and now once accepting this gift, we become children of the Most High God. Then Christ promised us a friend that would stick closer than a brother to help and guide us…a blessed gift that He generously poured out on us to enable us to do all that we must do. (Acts 2:32-34; Titus 3:5-7; Eph. 1:5-7).
Christ poured himself out-literally-He shed His blood for you and me. The Holy Spirit was then poured out for us. So, what do we do with this gift…how do we proceed? We pour out unto others. We give what we have so graciously been given. When you are given a gift, you have to open it, use it, appreciate it, be grateful for it, and sometimes you have to share it; in this case, that is exactly what is required of us. We can’t keep this gift on the shelf collecting dust. We have to lavishly pour it out daily. As we fill ourselves up through worship and the Word, we pour ourselves out–it is a cycle that never ends.
Paul recognized that He didn’t deserve this gift. None of us deserve this gift. But he acknowledged that there have to be results; there is a part that we must play, something that we must do in response to receiving this outpouring from God. It is our duty and honor to work for the Lord, to share the Gospel and be His hands and feet daily. At the end of Paul’s life, he reflects that his life was now poured out as an offering to God. He spent himself; his life was spent in service to God once He accepted the gift of salvation. He used every last drop to give to us all and as a result, we are all benefitting from his life’s work.
Being poured out is a symbol of total surrender – even unto death. To be devoted, to live a sacrificed life, and to always be ready to be offered and used. Does it really take all of that? Is it really that important? YES! YES! It really matters. There are people, friends and loved ones, people that we have yet to meet that need the same gift that we have been given. Let us walk in this love pouring ourselves out, serving one another so that their lives can be a sweet aroma to God.
Let God use you today. Allow His love, grace, and mercy to be poured out through you today. Be devoted and spent today….giving everything that you have received. The rewards are eternal. Remain faithful as Paul did. Finish your race.
Ephesians 5:2 (AMP) and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.
Romans 15:16 (AMP) to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. I minister as a priest the gospel of God, in order that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable [to Him], sanctified [made holy and set apart for His purpose] by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 4:6 (AMP) For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure [from this world] is at hand and I will soon go free.
1 Corinthians 15:9-11 (NLT) For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. So it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach, for we all preach the same message you have already believed.
2 Timothy 4:5-7 (NLT) But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.