“Practice makes perfect.”
Recent brain research has found that one of the main benefits of practice is that you don’t have to think about what you’re practicing after a while. It becomes “automatic.” The result of getting things automatic is that you can do it better and faster, more efficiently, and use less effort.
The above video shows a cup stacker and how little his brain is engaged in what he is doing. This allows him to go faster.
When it comes to Christian Living, I wonder how much practice we need to become efficient and proficient?
This study has very easy applications to make here for sports. But notice how often the Bible uses athletic games as metaphor for Christian Living.
What are we to practice in Christian Living that we could do better? Memorizing is easier the more you do it. So is reading. So is preaching. So is evangelism.
If you’re not used to living Christianly, you will stumble and falter. Your actions won’t look natural, nor will they go well. Is Christianity so much a part of who we are that our brains don’t even have to notice we’re doing it?!
Christian Living is a skill like any other. It requires time, energy, and practice. Don’t get frustrated. Keep going. Put in the time. We aren’t saved into automatic maturity; we grow. Growing takes time. Put in the time.
Many Christians falsely assume that because the Spirit is involved, I don’t have to do anything. Spiritual growth is automatic and we merely sit around and wait for the Spirit to get to work. That’s not how the Bible puts it, but it is what most Christians believe. We are getting results that prove we are misguided in this thinking.
Practice what you preach!
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.