spiritual unconscious competence

So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. [Hebrews 6:1 NLT]

What are the 'basic teachings' referred to in this verse? The writer proceeds to tell us that they include repentance, infilling of the Spirit, faith, baptism, resurrection and judgment. In essence this verse tells us that maturity is not about rehashing theology but putting learned theology into practice.

In psychology, the four stages of competence relates to the psychological states involved in the process of progressing from incompetence to competence in a skill. The stages are: Unconscious Incompetence; Conscious Incompetence; Conscious Competence and Unconscious Competence.

Conscious Competence is a good descriptor of the basic teaching phase. Here one first learns of kingdom principles. They have head knowledge. As one puts these principles into action a process of transformation takes place. Conscious Competence become Unconscious Competence.

This stage of Spiritual Unconscious Competence is marked by not having to be told to love. One loves instinctively because they have been transformed by years of practice. What was once in their head has journeyed to their heart. They have become mature in their understanding.

Help us Dear Lord. To practice love that we might love instinctively and unconsciously.

... this devotion is part of a series about the book of Hebrews.


  1. Thanks for the reminder. I needed it :) I think I am falling back to the unconscious incompetence and need to at least get back up to conscious incompetence.

    1. I hear you Pearlie. Sometimes we are unconsciously competent in one area but not in others.


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