For I am already being poured out as a drink offering and the time of my departure is at
hand. 2 Timothy 4:6
The Apostle Paul wrote these words at the end of his life. He was on his way to the
executioner’s block and literally about to give his life for the gospel. He looks back over his life and his service and evaluates the present moment in light of his ministry: “For I am already poured out.” He had given all he had for Christ, the gospel and the lost. The essence of who he was, all of his abilities, faculties, and capacities, had been poured out until he knew he had nothing more to give. With absolute
honesty and conviction he wrote the words that are our scripture, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith” (2 Tim 4:7). These are the last words of a man whose sins and regrets are washed away by the blood of the lamb and whose life was compelled and controlled by the love and Spirit of God.
Last summer my friend Neil and I were part of a church planter’s Bible study. The study began by looking at the life and ministry of Jesus as a model for our lives and ministries. Neil made a comment that stuck with me for the rest of the year and is still with me today, “Jesus came to pour out His life for people, and we are commanded to do the same.” The statement was so simple and so obviously true, but the Holy Spirit pierced my heart and shook me. I wanted to pour out my life for Jesus. But I struggled to pour out my life for people. I knew that Jesus said, “What you have done for the least of these you’ve done unto me.” The way to pour out my life for Christ, was to pour my life out for the lost and the Church. I began to ask the Lord to show me how to pour out my life for people.
The last year has been the most fruitful year of my life, and I believe that God’s work on my heart has enabled His Spirit to work on the lives of others. The journey of the last year has seen homosexuals, addicts, and those practicing other religions come to Christ. Each of these newborn disciples need time, care, and concern. Each of these disciples come with their own harvest field of friends and family who don’t know Christ. When I first prayed, asking the Lord to show me how to pour out my life I was discipling only a few believers. Now I’m in nine Disciplemaking groups per week along with ministering in churches on the weekends. I come home each night exhausted, but filled with joy as I see these men and women who have eternal value finding salvation in the Savior and I see laborers sent out in the harvest. I know that as I pour my life into these people, God receives glory.