2 Timothy 4:6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. ESV
While many may recall the drink offering as part of the ceremonial sacrifices identified in Numbers, the very first use of the term appears in Genesis 35. Jacob had just been given the name Israel by God and Jacob poured out a drink offering of oil upon a rock at Bethel. Bethel, where the tabernacle of the covenant would be placed centuries later. The oil, significant to the anointing and of course the rock, our cornerstone of foundation, Christ Jesus.
How fitting a gesture of scriptures was penned by Paul as he neared the end of his ministry. Paul declaring that his very life was a sacrifice to Christ, that it was spent on the anointing. I know that we sometimes refer to our initial salvation as “giving ourselves to Christ” but do we from beginning to end think of ourselves as a drink offering, to be poured out as a sacrifice unto the Lord?
It is verses like these that prick my conscience, knowing that I have not given my all. It is not fair for me to call on others to do that which I have not done myself, but read the scriptures and ask yourself what Christ is asking of you.
In some ways I see myself at the end of my journey. Age has taken its toll, but it has also given me experience and time in the Word and for whatever time remains for me, I am better equipped now than ever to serve in His anointing. So, I am not done yet.
Psalm 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.