Sharing Our Hope
Bible Reading: Acts 9:36-43
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.
Our spiritual awakening and recovery may seem to us like a resurrection from the dead. We have seen what the power of God can do. Now we're in a position to share that powerful message.
Jesus once referred to himself as "Petra," a massive rock. He renamed Simon "Petros," meaning a stone detached from the rock. Jesus was calling Simon a "chip off the old block"! One day Peter was brought in to see the body of a woman who had recently died. "The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas [which in Aramaic is Tabitha] had made for them. But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, ‘Get up, Tabitha.' And she opened her eyes!" (Acts 9:39-40).
We may wonder how Peter knew what to do in this situation. In Mark 5:22-43, we read about a time when Peter saw Jesus raise a girl from the dead in similar circumstances. Peter had been with Jesus when death was raised to new life. So later, Peter was able to take the power of God and the hope of renewed life to others.
We have seen how God can use the Twelve Steps to awaken us spiritually from lives that were killing us. We can recall what we saw God do for us. Then we can extend the life and the message of hope to others who are living lives that are killing them.
We don't need eloquent words; we need only share what God has done in our lives.
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.