Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. Romans 6:8 NIV
To be restored to sanity means we have to let go of the way we used to think and behave. Before we came to believe, we thought it was okay to gossip and spread rumors about others. We didn’t think twice about manipulating people to get what we wanted. Many of us didn’t have a problem holding onto past hurts and resentments. Whatever we felt we wanted, we felt justified in the means by which we obtained it. All this was normal and we felt comfortable with the way we thought and the way we behaved.
Coming into recovery we discover that while the ways in which we thought and acted were normal by the world’s standard, it was no longer acceptable by God’s standard. The world tells us that we have to rely on no one to get our needs met. We have to be self sufficient. If we rely on anyone to help us, then we must be weak or defective.
God’s standard is the complete opposite. He wants you to rely on Him. He wants all your trust and faith. He knows that we are broken and must rely on Him. God wants us to come to Him just as we are.
In the second step, we are coming to the cross. We leave all the insane thinking and behavior that the world tells we need in order to survive, right there at the foot of the cross. Our old way of life dies and we are restored. We come to believe that we have a new life and a higher purpose. We begin to understand that restoration comes through letting go and allowing Christ to change us.
Restore us, lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:19
Jesus, I am at the foot of the cross. Take my insane thinking and behavior. Restore me to sanity. I want to be like you in everything I do. You are my savior from this damaged world. Guide me as I walk in this new life of restoration in my thinking and behavior.
By James Miller