Coming out of Hiding
We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Many of us have spent our lives in a state of hiding, ashamed of who we are inside. We may hide by living double lives, using our drug of choice to make us feel like someone else, or by self-righteously setting ourselves above others. Step Four involves uncovering the things we've been hiding, even from ourselves.
After Adam and Eve disobeyed God, "They suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. . . . The LORD God called to the man, 'Where are you?' He replied, 'I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked'_" (Genesis 3:7-10). Human beings have been covering up and hiding ever since!
Jesus consistently confronted the religious leaders for their hypocrisy. The word hypocrite describes a person who pretends to have virtues or qualities that he really doesn't have. One time Jesus said to them, "Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy-full of greed and self-indulgence! . . . First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too" (Matthew 23:25-26).
When the real person inside comes out of hiding, we'll have to deal with some dirt! Making this inventory is a good way to "wash the inside"; and some of that washing may involve bathing our lives with tears. It is only by uncovering the hidden parts of ourselves that we'll be able to change the outer person, including our addictive/compulsive behaviors.
Confessing our hidden parts brings healing and restoration.