“these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us” (1 Corinthians 2:10-12).

To think God’s thoughts requires much prayer. If you do not pray much, you are not thinking God’s thoughts. If you do not read your Bible much and often, you are not thinking God’s thoughts. There also has to be meditation. We ought to learn to live in our Bibles, learning to love it. Do not just read little passages you like, but in the course of a year or two, read it through. Then your thoughts will make your mind a temple where God can dwell with pleasure. One of the most widespread and persistent problems to be found among Christians is the problem of retarded spiritual progress. Why, after years of Christian profession do so may find themselves no farther along than when they first believed? The causes are many, but one universal fault is failure to give time to the cultivation of the knowledge of God. The Christian is strong or weak depending upon how closely he has cultivated the knowledge of God. Progress in the Christian life is equal to the growing knowledge of the Triune God in personal experience, prayer, and reading His Word. A life devoted to experiencing God and to the holy task of cultivating God can be known only as we devote time to Him.

Adapted from “Christian Leadership” by Tozier