When Opportunity Knocks
Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs. Step Twelve
One of the joys of working full time in the recovery world is getting to constantly pass on a message of hope. Almost every day we get to talk about how the Lord has changed lives and in the process we ourselves are being transformed daily into just the kind of people he wants us to be.
Step Twelve doesn't mean that we are saved by working the Steps, it just means our spirit is awakened by that process of being transformed. Think of it this way, when we are being humble, honest, forgiving, seeking to make amends, working on our flaws under God's grace, praying, meditating and being transparent in life, then we are becoming more like Christ every day.
Last Wednesday at Life Church International I led a discussion on Insanity To Sanity and let them discuss in groups. The next night I began a new meeting at Solid Ground in Duluth a recovery group of about 20-25 people. Several of their people had come on Wednesday, and at least two of them spoke of how what we said got through to them, then they asked if we could help them get to church this Sunday.
This of course happens to anyone who shares the good news, people become convicted, but if there is no messenger to deliver the message what happens? All of us who have had the privilege of meeting Jesus and being saved by His awesome mercy and grace are the messengers, we all have at least our own story. We all have it in us to take advantage of an opportunity when it knocks.
There is no discrimination in the Gospel or in the Steps about passing on the gift we have been freely given and if we let God's confidence building Spirit lead us on, we will boldly let others know where our message came from. When we do, that Spirit awakens faith in us every day we share it.
Then we are practicing the principles of faith not just as an internal cleanser, but in all our affairs!
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Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.