Thursday – October 17, 2019 – Impartation
2 Timothy 1:6-7 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Romans 1:11-12 (NIV) I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.
Having something to impart is vitally important. It may be the greatest challenge that one generation has toward the next. Paul was not just a teacher or instructor; he was a transmitter. What he had, he wanted others to experience. According to him, he did not come with eloquence, using high and lofty reasoning to manipulate people into faith. He came in power, God’s supernatural power (Read 1 Corinthians 2:4-5) and he imparted it to those who would receive it. The gift that Timothy had; he received through Paul laying his hands on him. According to 1 Timothy 4:14, Paul was not alone in this impartation, there was a body of elders that joined him when he prayed for Timothy. This was not one person praying over another. It was elders coming into agreement that Timothy should become a part of the leadership. They did not lay hands on him suddenly. They had spent time with him, got to know him and recognized the call of God on his life.
When we refer to this impartation, we must be careful that we are not laying empty hands on empty heads. The impartation must come from those who know God, have spent time in His presence and know that any impartation is truly a gift and not something that has been earned. However, the people receiving the impartation must not be novices in the faith. They must prove themselves to the leadership, be willing to grow and to take responsibility. After all, by their acceptance, they are agreeing to take up the mantle of those who have gone before, stand on their shoulders and advance the Kingdom of God to the far corners of the earth.
It was because of Paul’s leadership and his missionary heart that the history of western civilization was changed. It was because of his willingness and ability to impart spiritual power that Timothy and others were raised up and believers to this day owe them a debt of gratitude.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for Paul, Timothy and the others that they raised up. It is because of them that I am saved today.