Maturing in God - Skill Development
This diagram is one path to assist you in your maturing with God. Like soccer skill development, we first start slow and simple because we do not want to be overwhelmed, and get frustrated and disappointed. As a coach, you understand that players learn skills best in a slow and simple environment. As they acquire the skills, you will place them into practices where speed and complexity come into play. Our maturing in God is a similar process of learning.
So, for example, we start reading the bible in small bites. We learn some basics on prayer, meditation and worship. In this process, as we are prompted by the Holy Spirit, we confess those sins, forgive those who have hurt us, and surrender those aspects of our lives that need to die in order for Christ to reign more fully.
None of these practices are done because we should do them; they are done because God has placed a desire in a our heart to draw nearer to Him. They are a grace-filled gift from God; not an obligation.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, mature in their relationship to Christ.
You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.