It was a great time of prayer. We fasted till 6pm when we gathered on the field to pray. It was an impartation night – a requirement for graduation from Basic Bible Class. The leader called it an empowerment to do all that we have been taught in the school.
As I walked off the field among friends, a quiet voice conversed with me: So what happens after the impartation?
If I ask you, the odds are that since you became a Christian, you’ve attended at least a Christian service where ‘God moved’. You have seen people experience spiritual moments and receive baptism of the Holy Ghost. But what happens after this?
As I turned over the questions in my mind, a scripture came to view:
Yet, my brothers, I do not consider myself to have “arrived”, spiritually, nor do I consider myself already perfect. But I keep going on, grasping ever more firmly that purpose for which Christ grasped me. My brothers, I do not consider myself to have fully grasped it even now. But I do concentrate on this: I leave the past behind and with hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead I go straight for the goal – my reward the honour of being called by God in Christ.
I didn’t turn over the scripture and dissect it much that day, but I just picked out the portion of these three verses that stuck out to me:
But I keep going on, grasping ever more firmly that purpose for which Christ grasped me.
An impartation service is like God tugging you to come to something deeper. He releases his touch in that church service to attract you into something deeper. The corporate experience in a service is not the end of it. GOD has greater in store for you.
So, like the Apostle Paul, after impartation, keep going on, grasp firmly that purpose for which God has grasped you in the place of personal communion.
To me, it means getting serious with God. It means spending quality time with my Bible and in prayers. It means allowing him to be involved in my day to day living so that I can experience the fullness of Him and all he has in store for me.
So after an empowerment meeting, step out and do what you have been empowered to do.
After an experience of God in church, King David of Israel also showed me what to do:
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
Psalm 63:1-2, 5-6, 8
He had seen God in tit bits in the sanctuary, now he sought God and longed for him to get the full dose of the experience.
He sought God personally.
If God wants you to follow-up on the experience of the impartation in your daily life, why will you not do so?