A Libation of Life

17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18 You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me. (Philippians 2).

Paul knew he was going to die for the gospel of Jesus.  Five years after writing this to the entire Philippian church, he would write Timothy a second personal letter, using the same word (just one word in the Greek) in writing about “being poured out as a drink offering,” adding: “and the time of my departure has come” (2 Timothy 4:6).  These are the only times this word is found in the New Testament.

Now, in the midst of this libation of life, Paul writes of the “joy” he has in serving and sacrificing his life — and then asks them to do the same: to “rejoice in the same way,” thus insinuating at least that they too should offer their lives as a spiritual libation of sacrifice and service to the gospel of Jesus.  Hmm … what if every believer in Jesus poured their lives out as a drink offering in sacrifice to the One who gave His life for them?  Yes, when He said, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood” (John 19:33), He was declaring the fulfillment of every drink offering (the pouring out of wine upon the sacrifice) ever made.

Lord, thank You for pouring Your blood out on the cross as a drink offering for us.  Help us this day to pour out our lives for You in sweet service.  Amen.