Most parents are not concerned that their toddlers are not able to add or subtract. It's not expected of them at this stage of life. If their teens cannot do basic math, however, it becomes an area of great concern. This is because education is progressive. The Christian life is a great example. New Christians may not understand how to pray or give or serve. That's kind of expected. Older saints are expected to know how to do these things. In Philippians we have the expectation that Christians will progressively grow in love.
Matthew Walker is pastor of College Park Baptist Church in Cary, NC. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University, Maranatha Baptist Seminary, and Piedmont International University. He is married to Becky and together they parent their two teenage children, Aaron and Melanie.