Isn’t it great that the performers we enjoy watching—whether it be in sports or music or whatever—practice hard at what they do?
What would a football game be like if the players only suited up on Sunday, ate whatever they wanted, and only occasionally worked out at the gym?
What if you went to see a concert pianist who practiced only a couple hours a week? (Instead of at least a couple hours per day)
A few years ago, an author named Malcom Gladwell wrote a book in which he identified the traits of highly successful people. One thing that he noticed was that anyone who is really good at something will have spent at least 10,000 hours practicing it before becoming great (that amounts to about a decade). It makes sense when you think that a NFL football player will have been playing football since middle school. Great athletes, musicians, authors, and so forth take their craft seriously and work hard at it. As a result, it’s fun for us to go and see them perform.
Who do you know that is really good at being a Christian? I know that might be a strange question to some of you, and my aim is to show you from the Bible that it shouldn’t be strange.