Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20
There is something special that happens in our recovery walk with Christ. In Christian terms, it’s called discipleship. In recovery, it’s referred to as sponsorship. Both words mean the same thing. Sponsorship happens when a person who has been down the recovery path for a while and has applied the Christ-centered twelve steps to their life, begins to disciple others in a structured way. Sponsoring others is one of the most rewarding aspects of being in Christ-centered recovery.

Christ called for us to go and make disciples. He did not say to His disciples “go and make followers” or “go and convert as many as you can.” Christ had a much bigger plan than simply converting people. He wanted to grow and mature them as well. Christ also understood the mathematics of discipleship. Christ knew that if one of His disciples were to convert 1000 people a week to Christianity, it would take about 32,000 years to convert the entire world. However, one person disciples another for one year. Then the person being discipled, after one year, goes and disciples another person for a year and this trend is carried out to others, the world would be converted to Christianity within 15 years. This is the genius of Christ and His plan to spread the Good News to every corner of the world.

In recovery, we experience legacy. What was poured into us, through our sponsors, we now pour into the people we sponsor. In recovery, we get to see generations of recovery. The sponsor of our sponsor is our grand-sponsor. The person being sponsored by someone we sponsor is our grand-sponsee. Christ-centered recovery is simply a process that is called for in Scripture and is being fulfilled daily. Christ had a plan for recovery for this world 2000 years ago. And today, we have the special privilege of seeing Christ’s plan being worked out in the rooms of miracles.

Written by Jackell

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Jesus, Thank you for giving us the gift of sponsorship and discipleship. You knew how we should grow people and pour into them and you gave us your plan for reaching the world. Help to provide a long legacy of discipling others in the sponsor relationships we have with our sponsors and with the people we sponsor. Thank you for providing a plan to reach the world. Amen.  

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