Step 12: We Harvest What We Plant: Galatians 6
STEP 12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1
If we have applied ourselves to this program, the hard work of all of the other steps has created a change in us. Our greater connection to God has heightened our spiritual awareness and all of this will motivate us to share the message to others. Being a member of a Christ-centered 12 step recovery program is a two-fold responsibility. One is to be responsible to carry this message to others suffering in addiction or their family members: “I am Responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that; I am responsible.” (1965 A.A. International Convention in Toronto) For those in the program also committed to Christ, we are also responsible to share the gospel and Jesus’ saving grace.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. Galatians 6:9-10 NLT
There are so many people we can help with our very own story of recovery—those still suffering in an addiction or compulsive behavior, their family members and friends, or anyone far from God. Our lives are a testament to the healing power of Christ and His amazing life changing grace. By sharing your story and your time with someone in need, you plant a seed for a future harvest. Your story of hope is one of the most amazing gifts you can ever give someone and it costs you nothing, but a little time so may you never tire of doing what is good.
Key Verse for Step 12
What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. Galatians 6:15b-16 NLT
Examine your heart
- In what ways have you carried this message to others? What more can you do?
- How is your spiritual connection? What do you consider as your spiritual experiences?
Dear Lord—I am Your hands and feet here on Earth. Please help me be aware of those in need so that I can plant the seeds that only You can harvest. You saved my life, and Lord, please help me to save the lives of others. You have done so much for me and I want to offer that same healing grace to others. Please help me to share Your message of hope and healing. In Jesus’ name we pray—Amen.