At C5 Church, we have declared 2015 to be a year of MORE. When you lay out a declaration like that, you begin living with an everyday expectation of what MORE means. For many, it means what more God wants from us. For some, it is what more do I need to do to become equipped to fulfill my destiny. For others, it is to see a financial breakthrough for more.
I, along with many of my friends, want so much more of God. It is a deep, soulful longing for more of His presence, and more of His power being evidenced in our everyday lives. When you really get a hunger for more, you start considering how you're going to get it. I've been thinking a lot about how people around me may add, subtract, multiply, or divide in this equation of MORE.
There is a term used in Christianity called impartation that kind of describes what I'm talking about. What is impartation, exactly? Impartation means:
1. to make known; tell; relate; disclose: to impart a secret.
2. to give; bestow; communicate: to impart knowledge.
3. to grant a part or share of.
It means that we are able to pass on and bestow to others, what God has so graciously bestowed upon us!
There are some people in the Kingdom that just have 'it', you know? That extra dose of spiritual something. Authority, or supernatural joy, or a walking- breathing- peace, we are drawn to people who contain the extra measure of God we feel we are lacking. We fantasize, "If I could just position myself next to 'that person', maybe that stuff would rub off on me."
But it's not a fantasy at all. The reality is, IT DOES rub off on you.
In the Old Testament, impartation, or laying on of hands was a symbolic act accompanying a prayer for a blessing, at other times it was accompanied the word of prophecy being spoken or to affirm a person into ministry. It is also found in the book of Acts as the practice to commission someone into ministry.
There is an actual impartation that can happen through the laying on of hands. For example, as I pray for you, I can believe in faith, that what God has given to me, I can pass on to you. But we all know we cannot give away what we do not have, so how do we grow what we have? Time spent in the secret place fills us up for the pull that we feel when we are with people. Scripture and prayer, of course build up our inner man as well. But could there be more?
In this 3 part blog, we will walk through the historical how-to's of impartation, as well as consider the flip side of what can happen when a bad life tries to leak on us. As the body of Christ, we are encouraged to "...think of ways to motivate one another to love and good deeds." Heb. 10:24 (NLT) So let's do it, by considering the implications of impartation. And remember today, your life leaks!