Right On Schedule
God expects to see growth after a reasonable period of time. Hebrews 5:12 declares, "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God..." The writer is addressing those who were behind schedule in their development. Forward progress is the most important issue in personal growth. But coming in second is the rate of advancement.
Consider the following example. All trains in a country often pass through the same area going the same direction on the same track. But they will not arrive at the same towns in the same length of time. The track and destinations are the same, but the speeds vary greatly. Trains can be on track but off schedule.
Many Christians are spiritually on track but nonetheless off schedule. Their knowledge falls short, their ministry potential is unrealized, their whole life lags behind! A lack of commitment in spiritual disciplines slows down growth. The best Christians stay on track and pull into the station right on time.