In the Bible in John chapter 6, after feeding the five thousand we read of crowds of people going out in boats looking for Jesus. When they found Him He said John 6:26 “The truth of the matter is that you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you believe in me.” Recovery can be like that for us too. We can get involbed in it for the wrong reasons, with the wrong motives, seeking the wrong outcomes.
The goal of the Twelves Steps is to grow spiritually as we learn and apply them to our lives and share them with others. There is a devotional Iread this morning in The Life Recovery Bible titled Walking the Talk that says.
When we realize everything we have gained by following the Twelve Steps, it will be natural to want to share this life-giving message with others. If we think back to the time before we entered recovery, we will probably recall that we didn’t respond very well to “preaching.” Yet we also realize that there are people in our life who could be helped by our message. That is why we need to communicate our story, but do it with sensitivity.
The apostle Paul taught Timothy that to get the gospel message across, he was not only to teach others but also be an example by putting his beliefs into practice. Paul said: “Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:15-16) When we practice the principles of the Twelve Steps, others will be watching and notice the changes. This will open the doors for us to share our story
Every addict is a precious lost soul whom God loves and wants to rescue. “If someone among you wanders away from the truth . . . whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins” (James 5:19-20)