Understanding the Past
1 Corinthians 3:10-15

We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Our addictions may already have destroyed everything we've worked for-our family, friendships, finances-everything may be lost. Beginning recovery is like starting back at the foundation and building a whole new life. Making an inventory should help us consider what caused our losses in the first place. That way, we'll be able to rebuild with materials that will hold up under fire.

The apostle Paul wrote, "But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have-Jesus Christ. . . . Fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person's work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames (1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 13-15).

Even though Paul was referring to the final judgment, this also applies to recovery. We know that what we used in building our old way of life didn't hold up. By doing our inventory, we can make sure that we don't experience further loss by repeating our past patterns, which are vulnerable to destruction. When future tests come, the lasting effects of our recovery and the rewards of our new way of life will be evident to all.

Since we have turned our lives over to God, he is the foundation on whom we must build.