For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. — 2 Timothy 4:6
The meaning behind this text is relatively simple. Paul knows his time of ministry is done. Given this, he describes his life as one that is being "poured out like a drink offering." And this metaphor could have several references. He could be pointing to the "drink offering" of Jesus's blood poured out on the cross. And of course, still today, we remember this "drink offering" each time we celebrate the Lord's Supper. But even more, I think this "drink offering" is Paul embracing the certainty of his imminent death. He lets Timothy know that his life is about to spill out to the ground and, therefore, would not be put back into the cup. Please keep in mind, Paul did escape death many times before, including shipwreck and stoning, and some might have concluded this would be just another close call for him. But Paul knew differently and wanted Timothy to be prepared. His life was about to be poured out for the last time.
While it's a morbid thought, we all should face this reality. Death for us all will be "poured out like a drink offering." Sometimes we will see this moment coming, as Paul did here. And sometimes we will not. But the best question we could ask is not when will it come? Or how will it come? But are we ready for it to come? Are you ready to move from the land of the dying into the land of the living? If not, I would take the time right now to ready your soul for eternity because one out-of-one still dies. And it's at this moment you want to be prepared to meet the Lord, Creator, and King of all things.
Paul was ready. He wanted Timothy to be ready. But are you ready? If not, turn and give your life to Lord, Creator, and King. Die to yourself and live all in for Him who lived all in for you.
ASK THIS: Are you ready to meet the Lord, Creator, and King?
DO THIS: Give your life to the Lord today. (If you are making this commitment today, for the first time or again, share it in the comments below.)
PRAY THIS: God, I want to make you the Lord of my life. I turn from my sin and living life my way. I want to live all in for you. May I spend the rest of my time here, living only for you. Remove my sin and shame from me and let me know your righteousness. Wash me clean and make me your righteousness. In Jesus's name. Amen.
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