“Practicing Good and Evil”

September 21, 2014

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The writer of Hebrews rebukes his audience for their hardness of hearing and relative immaturity in the faith. He tells them they are still like children who need milk and not the solid food of weightier matters of Christian doctrine stating “solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:14). Author Malcolm Gladwell, in his fascinating book titled Outliers, notes that, in order to become a “virtuoso,” one needs to practice a skill for at least 10,000 hours. It’s more about hard work rather than simply being gifted in a skill. How might we become “virtuosos” in our Christian walks? In what creative ways can we put in the hours necessary to increase our powers of discernment and to become skilled in distinguishing good from evil?

Bible References

  • Hebrews 5:11 - 14
  • Ephesians 4:17 - 19
  • Psalm 1:1 - 3
  • Proverbs 2:1 - 22