Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites. But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him. Philippians 3:17-21
All of us in the process of recovery and right living need people we look up to. This scripture tells us to “keep track of those running this same course, headed for the same goal” For me this has meant in my life being in relationship with two groups of people. Those on the recovery road, looking to change their lives for the better. Learning and applying the steps and processes required to live new lives of sobriety, new lives of changed attitudes, actions and behaviours. And, followers of Jesus Christ seeking to know and to do God’s will in their daily lives. People who not only read and study God’s Word but also apply what it says. People who are in daily relationship with the Holy Spirit and are seeking to make God’s promises their new way of living.
I write this today because I don’t believe it is one or the other. I believe we need both. There is no thing as secular recovery groups or Bible based recovery groups. They are all Spiritual and both have something to teach us and to offer us as we walk this road together with the same goal – to be the best version of ourselves we can possibly be and encourage others to be the same.
One day Christ will come to make us beautiful and whole for many of us I believe He will ask the question “wHY?” “Why didn’t you attend AA, NA or other Twelve Step Groups? or “Why didn’t you attend Bible based recovery groups?”
It says in the scripture above “easy street is dead-end street” Shouldn’t we be using all the tools that He has given us to be the best version of ourselves we can be?