Never Too Late
Bible Reading: John 3
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.
Perhaps we thought we were too old and set in our ways to start all over again—but we found a new life anyway! In working the Twelve Steps we had a spiritual awakening. This may not be something we feel comfortable talking about openly, but we do want to carry the message to others.
"There was a man named Nicodemus. . . . After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. ‘Rabbi,' he said, ‘we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.' Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.' ‘What do you mean?' exclaimed Nicodemus. ‘How can an old man go back into his mother's womb and be born again?' Jesus replied, ‘. . . Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life' " (John 3:1-6).
Nicodemus had spent many years working his way up in the religious and social hierarchy. He thought he was too old to change, but he experienced a spiritual awakening in his encounter with Jesus. There was at least one person with whom he shared his faith. After the crucifixion, he and another secret disciple, an influential Jew like himself, buried the body of Jesus. We may feel uncomfortable telling our story to the world, but there are other people like us who may be receptive, one on one.
God often works in the hearts of the people we least expect him to.
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.