Available and Full

As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:6-8 NRSV

The Apostle Paul says his life is an offering to God. That is what it means to be poured out as a libation in this context. We may not be like the apostle in many ways but we can be in this – our life being used by God to bring glory to him by being useful in our being used. To be useful, we must be two things: available and full (or at minimum being filled). These are two things that become a reality as we give ourselves to the means of grace. Yesterday, in  Sunday school, we talked about times of preparation being key to our usefulness. For Scripture is full of evidence that preparation precedes being used – even in Jesus’ life.

What is your plan, this week, to be filled and to be available? What does your schedule look like? Is there any margin for God to interrupt you and send you on an errand? What does your heart look like? Is it bone dry empty or is it filled and ready to be poured out if necessary and called upon?