From James:

Why is the typical American representation of Christianity so disparate? One reason is because we have cultivated the expectation of instantaneous results with minimal effort. Just because salvation is a “free” gift from God, does not mean that we should forget about the price paid… All too often we associate “free” to “no value” instead of “priceless” and treat the gift accordingly. Is there a better example than many of the gifts children received less than three weeks ago? There is most likely very little effort put into maintaining the gift. Another example is often visible in the work place where entitlement has replaced good work ethics. A Church that doesn’t teach the value of the gift through true discipleship is producing a house of spoiled children who discard the gift and believe they are entitled to more without any effort on their part. I am not saying that there is a level of effort required to receive salvation, that is truly free, but, maintaining or cultivating the gift does. True discipleship requires effort all the way around!

Hebrews 5: 12-14

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.  For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.  But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

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