Come Out of Hiding

Years ago, sitting at a lovely dinner with my husband Bob, my sister-in-law and her husband, I went into hiding. Jan's husband Tom and I lifted our glasses of Martinelli's to make a dinner toast, but we clinked the glasses too hard. The sound of breaking glass broke my heart. I'd shattered one of Jan's gorgeous gold-rimmed goblets. With tears in my eyes, I fled from the dining room and hid in Jan's big bedroom closet.

Laughing, and more than a bit surprised, my husband came after me. "Honey, what are you doing?" he said, as he slowly opened the door. I honestly didn't know. I just didn't know how to handle the broken glass. I felt I'd committed a horrible, thoughtless act.

Years later, I can join with Bob, Tom and Jan in laughing about my silly response.

But there are bits of this foolishness still lingering in my heart. 

Just the other day, I hurt someone with a thoughtless comment. As her face reflected the impact of my words and she looked down in pain, I heard something shattering. I knew I'd broken something precious in our relationship.

I wanted to run and hide, but the Lord gave me grace to ask for forgiveness. All is well. She is a gracious, forgiving friend.

But that "run and hide" thing. It's something that goes back to the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:8-10). And it rises up in my own spirit more than I like to admit.

When I sin against the Lordand really, isn't all sin against Him?I try to hide. How?
  • I hide when I keep so busy I don't have to think about or acknowledge my faults.
  • I hide when I neglect a time alone with God, knowing I'll need to "fess up."
  • I hide when I pretend everything is OK and keep on serving God. A good little Pharisee!

In her book, Everyday Grace, Jessica Thompson writes:

She's so right. One of the greatest hope-filled scriptures is 1 John 3:20:
"For when our heart condemns us, 
God is greater than our heart, and He knows everything."

God knows EVERYTHING! Jesus knows I'm not perfect and won't be until I join Him in heaven. The Holy Spirit is ever-present to remind me when I don't live in truth.

When I continue to hide out, I'm really caught up in self-focused condemnation.  It's a faulty focus!

God wants me to remember what Jesus did for me. My Savior is my Advocate. He intercedes for me; He doesn't condemn me (1 John 2:1-2; Romans 8:34). I don't have to justify myself because the Father has already declared me justified . . . righteous in Christ (Romans 3:24; 5:1Titus 3:4-6).

Without the resurrection of Christ, I would still be in my sinmy faith would be worthless and ineffective (1 Corinthians 15:17)but, praise the Lord, death had no power over Jesus (Romans 6:9). I will live with Him in glory (Ephesians 2:6)!

Paul calls true Christians to live this Resurrection life as spelled out in Colossians 3:1-5a:
  1. Seek heavenly, eternal things; set your mind on them.
  2. Remember that you died with Christ and you were also raised with Him.
  3. Therefore, your life is "hidden" with Him in glory.
  4. So "put to death" those earthly things that do not reflect your new life in Christ!

I especially love that part of verse three that says, "your life is hidden with Christ in God."

Because I am "hidden" in Him, there's no more need for hiding when I sin!

What a wondrous truth!

"Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white as snow." 
(Hymn by Elvina Hall)

Do you need to come out of hiding today?