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Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. Luke 15:1

The question was asked after a meeting, “What would you name a Christ-centered recovery group if you wanted to name it something?” Everyone got quiet, and there were looks of deep thinking on their faces. One of the members finally spoke up and said, “I would call it Sinners Anonymous.” several in the group agreed that this would be a good name. One of the members spoke up and said, “I don’t think so. You don’t want to make it look like we condone sin, and also Christians are not supposed to be anonymous. We are called to spread the Good News.” The others quickly agreed with his assessment.

The next suggestion from the group was, “If I could name a Christ-centered recovery program, I would call it Christians Notorious.” There were a few chuckles and some curious looks at this recommendation. “Why would you call it Christians Notorious?” asked another of the group. He paused for a moment and then said, “When we are in Christ-centered recovery, we are going to be notorious for what Christ is doing in our lives. Everyone knew what we were like before coming into recovery, and now they see the huge changes that Christ is making in our lives. This is bound to cause us to stand out. It’s going to cause us to be notorious.”

Christ-centered recovery causes us to stand out. We stand out because Christ has caused great changes to occur in our lives. Seeing Christ move like this can sometimes be frightening for people who have never experienced the miraculous. It’s known in all areas of the country that our recovery groups are where people go to receive healing, to experience hope and love. As members of these groups, we are given the power to determine the depth of our own anonymity; however, many of us reach a point in our recoveries where we can’t stop telling the world what Christ has done for us. We move from being anonymous to being notorious.

Written by Jackell.

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Father God, we are all notorious sinners. Let us be known to be notorious believers in Your Son Jesus Christ. Help us to show the world that there is a different way to live. We are notorious as Christ was notorious for loving sinners and the broken. Amen.

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