Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:14-18

“Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” (Philippians 2:17)

Paul is using the imagery of the drink offering found in the Old Testament. This offering involved pouring out wine, either on the ground or on an altar with the sacrifice of an animal or grain. It is a vivid picture of a life being poured out in service for the Lord.

This is what the Christian life is all about. We are living sacrifices who are engaged in offering ourselves in service to our God and King. We are to pour out our lives in praise and glory to Christ.

Pouring out our lives involves sacrifice. We must be willing to give up all we have for our Lord Jesus — “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” (Mark 8:34). When Jesus saves us and forgives us, we are called to live for Him. This means we must be willing to yield to His will for our lives. It means being willing to suffer for Him if necessary.

Pouring out our lives involves generosity. It means being willing to give of our time, talents and treasures in God’s service. The gospel by definition is generous — “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). We are thus called to be generous people.

Pouring out our lives also involves humility. We must be willing to empty ourselves of pride and selfishness. It means a life of servanthood following the example of our Lord Jesus Christ — “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

Do you get the picture? We are to be willing to pour out our lives to the honor and glory of Jesus Christ and in service to other people. It is about giving, not taking, and about emptying ourselves, nor filling ourselves. Paul put it well when he wrote these words — “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service” (Romans 12:1).

Lord God, enable me to be willing to pour out my life today in service for You and for others. Enable me to deny myself, take up my cross and follow You. Make me a generous person as I look to Jesus who gave up everything for me. And let me empty myself of pride and selfishness as I seek to be Your servant today.


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