Let's use our driver training experience to highlight the need for spiritual driving instructors.
All of us start out as passengers. Even when we're teens, we're oblivious to the cars and driving conditions. Dad, are we there yet? is as much as we're involved. Then something happens. We get restless. I want to drive, not be driven!
We obtain a learner's license manual, study it, then take the written test. Now we're a driver! At least we’re a wannabe with a learner's license. Our immediate need: someone to teach us how to drive. Either we find a willing instructor among our friends or in our family, or we enrol in a driving school. This is where we learn driving habits, being car aware, sign-aware and road conditions-aware. It’s serious and scary, because it's life-on-life.
At some point we’re ready to take the road test. We demonstrate our proficiency in parallel parking and shoulder checking. We’re careful not to speed through the school zone. And we get our driver's license! Now we practice our driving habits until they become second nature.
But we don't become driving instructors. We don't in our spiritual life either. But that's what Jesus has called us to do, be spiritual driving instructors. That's what the Stages Diagram addresses.
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