Jim Hamilton has an excellent post to challenge mastering the Biblical languages. In the challenge there is also the sobering reality of what it takes to master anything. He cites Malcolm Gladwell and the "3-hour-a-day" rule to master anything. In essence if you want to be really excellent at something it will require you to devote 3 hours a day to it. We are willing to work at a lot for a "pay off" (jobs, hobbies, etc) but assume things like our growth in Christ, our marriage (or relationships with children), our evangelistic faithfulness, and our church fellowship should just happen with little effort. Wrong!
What of those things I just mentioned do you dedicate at least 3 hours a day to? This is convicting to me! On the flip side the average person watches 4 hours of television a day. What in those programs is being mastered in your life? If you are devoting that kind of time to it then you will master it, like it or not. We need to think about what we are devoting ourselves to, what we need to abandon or limit, and what we need to be devoting our minds and time toward to excel to the glory of God!