Have you ever done anything so wrong that you just want to hide? Maybe you were young and you stayed out way past curfew, and the last thing you wanted to do was walk through the front door and face your mom or dad. Or maybe you skipped a process at work, got caught in the mistake, and avoided your boss like the plague. Perhaps you spent money beyond the budget you and your spouse agreed upon, and instead of admitting you purchase, you hide your shopping bags in the closet.
Sin always does that. It forces us to hide.
After Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the forbidden tree, they heard the Lord God walking about in the garden, and they hid. But it says that God called to them and said, “Where are you?” Not because He didn’t know—God knew very well which tree they were hiding behind. But His question, “Where are you?” was His invitation for them to come out of hiding. It was God’s way of saying, “I know you sinned, I know you’re ashamed and afraid, but I’ve come for you. I haven’t abandoned you, and I want to see you. Adam, where are you?”
It’s God’s invitation to receive forgiveness, restore their relationship and be free—and it’s such a critical point. The choice Adam and Eve made right there affected the rest of their lives. Will they come out of hiding, confess their sin, and move in the direction of restoration? Or will they continue to hide, blame, and stay stuck in their sin?
The good news for all of us is there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Anyone who wants to belong to Him can, and to every single person who accepts God’s adoption as His very own children, we can step out of hiding because the life-giving Spirit frees us from the power of sin that leads to death.
- Are you trying to hide something? A sin, habit, or indiscretion that you’d be ashamed of if others found out?
- When you’re hiding something, you’re not free; it drains your energy and steals your joy. Find a trusted family member or friend, and come clean. Get it off your chest. Experience God’s grace and freedom by being vulnerable with those who need to hear your secret today.
Life in the Spirit
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.