TO BE POURED OUT
BY: RAY PRINZING
“For I am now ready to be offered.” (2 Tim. 4:6)
The word “offered” is a Greek word that literally means, TO BE POURED OUT. Its reference is to the Old Testament “drink offering” which was to be poured put before the Lord, offered to Him.
David thirsted for a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem, and some of his mighty men broke through the ranks of the enemy and “drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord. And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? For with their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it.” (1 Chron. 11: 18-19)
David could not drink for the satisfaction of his own flesh, this water which had been secured at the risk of the lives of these men, but his desire was poured out with the water, the longing of his soul mingled with the water and was poured put before the Lord, a drink offering to God. here we would borrow the question from Matthew 26:8, “to what purpose is this waste?” as the woman with the alabaster box of very precious ointment poured it upon the head Jesus, but the people there could not understand why she did so.
How often have you felt that the “POURING OUT” of your life has been a waste? Separated from all else, poured out only unto the Lord, others do not see it, they cannot drink of it, they cannot drink of it and be refreshed, they cannot receive its encouragement. It all seems to be almost selfish in its exclusion, yet it is poured out unto the Lord, and men would say, “to what purpose this waste?” Ah, it is not wasted when poured out unto God, for as the water David poured out upon the ground, vaporized by the sun and lifted heavenward, so also is every life poured put unto the Lord, though isolated from other men, yet it becomes gathered in His golden vial to await His further purpose. Yea, to become a part of that living stream which He shall send forth to bring life to all creation, at His appointed time.