"If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you,
Then how can you contend with horses?
And if in the land of peace,
In which you trusted, they wearied you,
Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan? — Jer. 12:5
These are searching questions.
They speak to the challenge of experiencing what i want to refer to as next-level realities. These realities will be greeted with weariness unless there is preparation. Sometimes the only preparation that is required for what God wants to do is expectation.
Weariness goes beyond physical fatigue. It speaks to a condition of the mind which shrinks back or gives up under pressure. Pressure brought on by constant changes is one of the signatures of our time. Many feel overwhelmed by the pace at which things are changing.
Speaking to the issue of change, Kevin Kelly in his book The Inevitable, states the following:
All of us—every one of us—will be endless newbies in the future simply trying to keep up. Here’s why: First, most of the important technologies that will dominate life 30 years from now have not yet been invented, so naturally you’ll be a newbie to them. Second, because the new technology requires endless upgrades, you will remain in the newbie state. Third, because the cycle of obsolescence is accelerating (the average lifespan of a phone app is a mere 30 days!), you won’t have time to master anything before it is displaced, so you will remain in the newbie mode forever. Endless Newbie is the new default for everyone, no matter your age or experience.
The above quote is not good news for those who are already wearied by the "footmen" and the "floodplain".
It speaks to a principle that is overtaking all segments of of human life - change that leaves us feeling like slow learners in a classroom run by an impatient teacher called Change!
Does God have an answer for this growing sense of weariness that seems to plague most believers when they contemplate the idea of serving God in a world of accelerated change? Absolutely!
"For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established" — Rom. 1:11
Impartation is apostolic technology that transmits internal strength and stability to the saints. It shifts their gaze from the dizzying changes around them and establishes Jesus as the focal point of their lives. This in turn causes them not to be overcome or overwhelmed by external circumstances.
Paul referred to this as imparting some "spiritual gift".
Please note that he did not back away from the spirit realm as a source of strength for the believer.
Sometimes we can get so intellectually savvy that we nurse a slight embarrassment when talking about the spirit world.
I wish to assert that the word "impart", as used by Paul in this text, refers to a spiritual technology that releases strength and stability to the saints.
It is an apostolic tool that Jesus gave to the twelve disciples during their on-the-job training with Him. ( see Luke 9:1, note the word "gave" in the NKJV)
Later, the Apostle Peter would boldly assert "what I do have I give you." ( see Acts 3:6 NKJV)
Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, BUT WHAT I DO HAVE I GIVE YOU: (emphasis added) In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
Apostles were not uncertain about the spiritual "equipment" that they carried around with them.
This is one of the areas for clarity in the current Apostolic move of God. Too many of those who embrace the apostolic title are uncertain of what they have to offer or the nature of their assignment.
Without this understanding, we run the risk of devaluing the gift of apostle in the church and increasing the ridicule from an already biased world.