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Fully Known. Wholly Loved.

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Have you ever thought to yourself, “If they knew everything about me (and I mean EVERYTHING), they wouldn’t like me so much.” So you hide your skeletons in the closet, shut and lock the door, then throw away the key. Around certain people, you put a mask on your face to hide your true self. 

I’m just wondering . . . do you have any idea how precious and important you are? What would it feel like to live with bold confidence that you are fully known and fully loved?

You are, you know. Fully known yet fully loved. There is one who sees everything about you and loves you completely.

Yeah. All your junk right there out in the open, yet wholly loved. Regardless of what the world – or even the Church – tells you.

As my cousin battled to hold onto life in his final days with cancer, his brother made a trip to Colorado to spend time with him. During that visit they talked about God. My dying cousin admitted he’d always wondered about God but never thought God would want anything to do with him. 

I’m guessing there are a lot of people in this world who feel that way. We’ve got stuff we’re ashamed of. There are things we deeply regret. How could God possibly want us?

So few know and understand the extraordinary character of God. They get mixed messages from Christians and the church. If only more knew the truth of who he really is.

God reveals a lot about himself in Psalm 139:1-4. “O, Lord you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment, you know where I am. You know what I’m going to say before I even say it.”  

mywarminghouse.com, psalm 139

God knows you and I completely. He sees us as we are with all the pretenses and masks stripped away. He’s acutely aware of the good, the bad, and the ugly in all of us. There are no “skeletons hidden in the closet” with him. They’re all out in the open.

God knew you even before you were born. Before you were even conceived, he knew precisely how he would form you in your mother’s womb. He knew every detail and characteristic you would have. His workmanship is marvelous! (Psalm 139:14) His understanding is unlimited. (Psalm 147:5)

Consider the implications of a God who has unlimited wisdom and knowledge (omniscience) about you and I. It reveals a lot about his character.

Plant these facts about God way down deep in your soul:

  • God “gets you” in a way no one else ever will.
  • Your life is at the forefront of his mind every second of every day.
  • You are his priority.
  • He sees your future and knows your past.
  • He’s aware of every hurt you’ve ever experienced and how that painful situation impacted you.
  • He gets your backstory and how it has shaped you.
  • He understands your “triggers,” weaknesses, and the ugliness in your soul forged by pain.
  • He knows everything spinning around in your head and your heart at this very moment.
  • He understands your disappointments, fears, frustrations, doubts, and insecurities.
  • He knows what you’re passionate about and what brings you joy.
  • He is completely aware of every physical, emotional, and spiritual need you have – even the ones you aren’t yet aware of.
  • He recognizes your needs for significance, security, purpose, community, growth, hope, and love.

With God, you will never be misunderstood, misinterpreted, or misjudged. That’s a really big deal to someone like me who’s felt misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misjudged at one time or another.

The amazing thing is – he saw it all yet he still chose the cross. 

While you were still living your messy life, he loved you outrageously.

You were the one he was thinking of when he rose from the grave – just to bring you close. As you are.

So come out of hiding. There’s no need to cover what he already sees.

There’s no need to stand at a distance anymore. 

Throw off your fear. Run to him. 

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”

Timothy Keller

Church, you would do well to remember these things about God and what they mean to all of us.

Imagine what the world (and the Church) would be like if Christ followers:

  • Created safe space for people to be real . . . to bring their deepest struggles and problems into the open.
  • Engaged with the broken when they hurt.
  • Walked with people as they struggle with sin.
  • Listened to the stories and pain of those around them.
  • Were big enough, tough enough, and compassionate enough to love people where they’re at.
  • Entertained tough questions without shutting people down.
  • Made Jesus real to flawed, wounded, broken, confused doubters.
  • Engaged with the world, relentlessly loving the outcasts, selfish, tattooed, pierced, and immoral like Jesus shamelessly loved us even with full awareness of our sins. 

Our Jesus – so perfect in every way, hanging out with the tax collectors, sinners, and outcasts of the world. Acutely averse to sin, yet among those covered in it.

Among them without judging, adopting, or condoning their sins. Never compromising his principles.

Deep in his heart, grieving over the human struggle with sin, its consequences, and the separation it causes with our holy God.

Pointing us to himself – the one who gives us the ability to overcome the power of sin in the private places.

Bringing us into sweet fellowship with an amazing God.  

His arms always open to the broken and destitute wanting them to find fullness of life in relationship with God.

Avoiding God? Here’s the truth about God:

Big enough to handle all your junk, he is El Roi - “the God who sees me.”

He knows every single detail about you and loves you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) 

That’s the rock-solid truth.

He’s proven it by his death on the cross.

Believe it. Embrace it. Pack it up and take it with you.

Lisa ~


 

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