Posted by: valerieburgess | July 16, 2008

Like Paul-Like Jesus

Like Paul. Like Jesus. We allow ourselves to be poured out as drink offerings as we continue in and strive toward the completion of our callings to preach, teach, evangelize, and endure knowing the joy of obedience and the ecstasy of finishing the race.

 

Like a drink offering Jesus poured out his life even unto death. (See Isaiah 53:12, Genesis 35:14.) In Psalm 22, David receives a prophetic vision or a word picture of Jesus on the cross. In David’s moment of emotional intercession years before Jesus’ birth, David says, “I am poured out like water.” David prophetically knew the sorrow of death and the offering of His blood, but he also knew His joy of completion; the joy accompanying Jesus’ obedience to the heavenly Father. In Hebrew worship, a drink offering signified completion and the joy associated with it.

 

Christ also asked Paul to pour out his life. In II Timothy 4:6, Paul says, “For I am already being poured out like water.” (See Philippians 2:17) Paul willing gave his life for the gospel. He completed God’s goals for his life. He charges Timothy to preach the Word, teach sound doctrine, keep your head in all situations, endure hardships, evangelize the world, and minister effectively. Paul explains that he has done all of this and soon his life will end, his race here on earth will be finished. But Timothy must continue until he, too, has poured out his life for the gospel. Like Paul. Like Jesus.

 

God asks us to finish the race, to complete our calling–even unto death. Like Paul. Like Jesus. Remembering the joy of obedience and the elation of crossing the finish line, we willingly allow ourselves to be poured out. We look forward to the final word from Father God, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.  … Enter thou into the joy of the Lord. (Matthew 25:23, KJV).”

 

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