When I go to skate parks and talk to other skateboarders, it fascinates me that some people who have only been skating for two years can be better than others who have been skating for ten. And when I hear or see these types of things, I wonder, what is it that makes some people progress so much quicker than others? Is it just natural talent? Is it work ethic? Does it have anything to do with upbringing? And I’ve noticed that some skateboarders can just skate and skate and skate, and never get tired of it. They have such a natural work ethic that it causes them to skate all day-every day and it never seems to feel like work or get old for them. So what is it about this natural work ethic that causes some people to work at it more than others and progress so much faster? The only answer there could be is that some people seem to have a greater love for it than others. The greater the love someone has for skateboarding (or anything in life), the more they will want to work at it and push themselves to keep getting better and better.
As a Christian, I’ve noticed this same type of pattern with Christians. Some people have been one for 10 years or sometimes even all their life, and they’ll be farther from the Lord than someone that has only been a Christian for only a year or two. The Bible says in Hebrews 5:12-14:
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
The people that love God the most are the ones that will be the closest to Him, which in turn will also make them the wisest of people, the most loving, and ultimately have the greatest impact in the world. Just like the skateboarders that are constantly practicing because they love it so much, which will make them the greatest skateboarders with the most influence in the industry; the people that are constantly practicing the things of God (reading, prayer, loving people, wisdom) will have the greatest influence and impact in the world.
Paul says in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” And Jesus says in John 14:12, “Whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do.” God has a grand purpose for every person that He created, and the more we love Him and and work at our relationship with Him, the grander that purpose will be.