“It is the unhurried meditation on gospel truths and the exposing of our minds to these truths that yields the fruit of sanctified character.”
-- Maurice Roberts, The Thought of God
This is so true.
This is the thing so few get, because it sounds so ethereal, intangible. And aside from the facts that Jesus Christ is material and tangible and that what he did was physical and historical, the process of gospel wakefulness is kinda ethereal and intangible. It's supernatural. It happens in the regenerate heart and overflows into the sanctified life.
But it results from gospel proclamation and transformation (Rom. 1:16; 10:14).
And this is why all the practical tips in the world won't save a dang soul.
Lazarus didn't need 7 steps. He needed Jesus' resurrecting word.
(HT for Roberts quote: Of First Importance)