When I was a much younger minister, a young person I attempted to help spiritually, had a battle with an addiction. This young adult tried to fight their addiction, but ended up needing help, beyond what I or the church leaders could provide. With their parent’s guidance and the help of local counselors they checked into a clinic in a distant state. Along with other guidance this young person endured a 12 Step Program. At that time in my life, I knew about Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other similar programs, but I did not know the 12 Steps. When this young person returned from the program, they brought me a copy of their 12 Steps. You may be familiar with them or maybe not. The more I look at these the more I realize the wisdom of these steps and how we as Recovering Sinners can benefit from some form of application. I propose the following “Twelve Steps of Sinners Anonymous:”
- Admit I am powerless over sin and that my life is unmanageable on my own (Rom 3:10-23).
- Understand that there is a power greater than myself that can and is willing to restore me to sanity (righteousness) (Heb 11:6).
- Make a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God in Christ (2Co 5:17).
- Make an fearless and moral inventory of myself (2Co 13:5).
- Admit to God, myself, and to another person the exact nature of my sinfulness (Jas 5:16).
- Be ready for God to remove all the defects of my character (2Cor 5:21).
- Ask God to remove these defects (Luk 13:3, 5, Act 3:19).
- Make a list of those harmed by my actions and be willing to make amends (Mat 7:12).
- Make direct amends to these people whenever possible (Mat 5:23-26).
- Continue to take personal inventory and promptly admit and when I am wrong (1Jo 1:7-10).
- Seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact and relationship with God, praying for His wisdom to help us in times of need (Heb 4:15-16, Jas 3:17).
- Having a relationship with God in Christ that heals our sin-sick soul, I make effort to carry this message to others who struggle with sin in their lives (2Ti 2:2; Matt 28:18-20).
What do you think?