“Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.”
-Romans 5:6-8, MSG
A job interview.
Meeting the love-of-your-life’s parents for the first time.
There are many places in this life that require us to put our best foot forward. We are conditioned to make sure everything is carefully arranged on the outside so people would trust that our insides (our hearts and minds) are also in order.
Sometimes, we even do this before walking into church, into our community groups. We’re afraid that if people really knew us, they would leave us. So we pretend. We spend copious amounts of energy performing so we might be accepted, only to feel that we’re really not.
Because what we’re showing isn’t really us.
Author Timothy Keller writes:
“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."
As much as we feel dismayed by the thought that God fully knows us—all our sin, all our weaknesses, all our failures, this is actually the best news of all. Because even though He knows us, He still chooses to love us and be for us.
We’re weak and rebellious. We’re prideful and selfish. We’re impatient and unkind.
And yet, despite all our failures, there He is. Arms wide open, ready to love, ready to see us, no matter if we look our best or our worst—whether we’re at our best or our worst. Nothing need to separate us.
It is not God that says you make the cut or not. God already sees you as acceptable and worthy to be called His own.
That’s My girl.
That’s My boy.
The world will try to convince you differently, but you can choose to let the voice of truth speak more loudly than the ones that spew lies.
What are areas where you’re afraid to be fully known? What would it look like to be fully known and fully loved at Northpoint? How would living in this way affect someone else who walks through our church doors?
Jesus, help me to know that I can be fully known and loved. Use me to be an example of your grace and love. Amen.