“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets. I have come, not to abolish them, but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:vs17
How many times have we heard around the tables of AA that “I have worked the first three steps but cannot seem to get on with the rest of the steps.” Well, there is a similarity between this situation and those of people in Jesus’ time. The people sometimes complained that Jesus was circumventing the Mosaic law by His teaching and healings. He made it abundantly clear that He wasn’t disposing of their laws but rather was fulfilling them. On another occasion, Jesus said of some Scribes and Pharisees that they utter fine words, even wise words, but their hearts were far from God.
So, too, with those of us in AA who can speak eloquently about the program but do not take it fully to heart. Our words are, in that sense, empty and meaningless since they do not inform our lives and actions. Just as Jesus did not come to abolish the law of Moses but rather to give flesh and life to it, so too we cannot abolish the steps of AA or recast them according to our wishes. We must give all to the program of AA just as, in our drinking days, we gave all to getting the next drink.
May The Lord grant me the gift of grace today to abandon myself to His will for me and grant me the strength to work the AA program honestly in my life and living today.