I make an appeal to you for my son Onesimus. He became a son to me while I was being held by chains. Before that, he was useless to you. But now he has become useful to you and to me. Philemon 1:10-11
Where would I be today if no-one had given me a chance? I remember when I first wanted to enter the Salvation Army Bridge Program. Alone, confused and desperate in the detox unit, a counselor coming to me and saying “You can’t go to the Bridge Program, your attitude is all wrong.” Thankfully God intervened and I was on the bus to Eden Park the next day.
I wonder where you would be if no one had given you a chance? Or what my future would have been like from that day without God’s intervention.
Paul wrote to the Galatian’s “Brothers and sisters, what if someone is caught in a sin? Then you who are guided by the Spirit should correct that person. Do it in a gentle way. But be careful. You could be tempted too.” Galatians 6:1 He could have said the same thing about Onesimus.
Recovery is about putting people back into workable and usable shape. No more is this more evident in step twelve, which says “I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to personal relationship with Him.”
It is what Jesus did for others and for us. And it is what God is calling us to do as we move foreward in the recovery process.