Tie your shoes first

Knowing the ABC’s of Christianity is important. In fact, if we don’t have a solid grasp of the basics, it’s going to be difficult for us to move on to more complicated matters.

The writer of Hebrews was frustrated with his readers. He says: “though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.” Because of that, they have stunted their own spiritual maturity. (Hebrews 5:12, 14)

I recently heard a story about professional basketball coach John Wooden. At the first practice of the year he would sit his players down and tell them that the first thing they needed to learn was how to properly tie their shoes. What? Don’t fully grown men already know how to do that? Of course they do. But he was making a point. You’ve got to master the basics before you can move on to more complicated things.

So it is with discipleship.

If you try to run before you can walk you may be going backwards.

If you need to review some of the ABC’s don’t be embarrassed. Ask some questions. Study your Bible. Do some research. Talk to someone.

Foundations are foundations for a reason. They provide a secure base for everything that comes next.

Friends, before we try to run the race, let’s make sure to tie our shoes.


–Today’s devotional is connected to my latest sermon, “Caution Counsel Encouragement.” Click here to listen.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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