Talking the Walk
Bible Reading: 1 Timothy 4:14-16
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
When we wake up to realize everything we've 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'll probably recall that we didn't respond very well to "preaching." And yet, we also realize that there are people in our lives who our message could help. We are right in our estimation of how vital our message is to their lives. This is why we need to communicate in a way that they can receive.
The apostle Paul taught Timothy that to get the message across, we need to combine the practice of our beliefs with the telling of them. He said, "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 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 will notice the changes. This will open the door for us to be able to tell them our story as well.
We must never let ourselves forget that every addict is a precious lost soul whom God loves and wants to rescue. "If someone among you wanders away . . . , whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins" (James 5:19-20).
Talking about our recovery helps us to keep ourselves on track.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.