“To offer your bodies” – Our lives are to be an offering to God. Every breath we take is to be used to His glory. But what does it mean to be an offering? What does it look like to offer yourself up to God?
- Philippians 2:17 “But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.”
- 2 Timothy 4:6 “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering”
The drink offering was an important part of worship for the Hebrews. The drink offering was not kept but poured out in worship, poured out to anoint or make holy, poured out to demonstrate the power of God. Genesis 35:14 “Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it.” The Matthew Henry commentary on Genesis 35 tells us that this was done in token of his intending it for a sacred memorial of his communion with God, he poured oil and the other ingredients of a drink-offering upon it. His vow was, “This stone shall be God’s house”, that is, shall be set up for his honor, as houses to the praise of their builders; and here he performs it, transferring it to God by anointing it.
We are to allow our lives to be poured out as a drink offering to God. Holding nothing back. “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” and we are to pour that love out everywhere we go. We are to be emptied for His service and we are to be emptied in His service. What keeps you from being poured out for God? What do you hold onto that God is asking you to pour out for Him?
- Isaiah 53:12 “He poured out his life unto death”
- Luke 22:20 “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
Jesus didn’t hold back. He didn’t give only a sip. He gave His all for us! He emptied Himself so that we might be full. Imagine the impact each one of us could have if we gave all of ourselves for others! Imagine what the world would look like if we didn’t hold back, if we didn’t just give them a sip. What would your world look like if you were completely poured out as a drink offering for the Lord?