What you put into something is what you get out of it. This is a simple, straightforward principle. If you want to see fruit and growth in an area of your life, all you have to do is put time and effort into it. Even if you do not see immediate results from the individual chunks of time you put into it, you will reap them in the long run.
Here is a very basic example: If you want to improve your relationship with someone, you must spend time with them. Maybe you go chat over coffee, or grab dinner together. But you wouldnâ€™t expect to get to know them very well if you only talked with them for five minutes a day. You would not be very close.
Iâ€™m learning to play the piano right now. I take lessons and practice throughout the week, learning chords and keys and where the notes fall on the page. They say the general rule of thumb is that you must put 10,000 hours into something before you are truly an â€œexpert.â€ Thatâ€™s one hour a day for twenty-seven years. I maybe practice for twenty or thirty minutes a day. I do not expect to keep it up for twenty-seven years. I do not expect to become an expert.
So, if I donâ€™t expect to get to know a friend in a few brief conversations a week, if I donâ€™t believe I can truly master the piano in only twenty minutes a day, why would I think that I can know God in the same amount of time?
A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7