Fully Known

“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

It’s so easy in life to feel unknown, unseen, unheard, not understood, or unloved because we are a people of sin nature with limited knowledge and vision, living with daily struggles that life throws at us. As I was thinking and writing this, I couldn’t think of one single person that has walked through my life and has made me feel fully known. There have been some that have come very close, but in all, I’ve never experienced that in a human relationship. I think there’s reason for that. We were never meant to be fully, completely known by anyone or anything, rather we were meant to be fully and completely known by Jesus, the only one that could fully know us.

And that’s just it, we seek after known-ness from people and things that could never know us, have never had potential to be able to know us, fully at least. And that just makes me wonder, if we placed all our trust and need to be known in Jesus, how much more would we know Him? Because the difference is, other people are just as sinful as me, Jesus isn’t. If we knew the character of Jesus, if we knew the unfailingness of Jesus, if we knew the incomparable love of Jesus, I think we’d be so much more understanding of His ability to provide just what we need, whether satisfaction for our need to be known, or for our physical, emotional, or spiritual needs.

When you look up this word known, the first synonym that comes up is accepted. I love the beauty in this. Because in relationship with Christ, we not only get to be fully known by our Creator, but we are fully accepted, our baggage, our burdens, our sins, our brokenness, our messiness, our everything. He accepts us for who we are. It’s beautiful that even in our broken states we have our Jesus that knows us and accepts us as His own. And how could we ever begin to understand something that beautiful? That my Jesus desires to know me, desires to love me, cares to know me and love me.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. {1 Corinthians 13:12}

The only place to be known and to be loved is in relationship with Christ. He’s the only one who has seen everything we’ve done and still has capacity to find us worthy of Him, to even make us worthy of Him. Nobody else can do that.

I hope you find some people who make you feel so loved and so known but I also hope that you let Jesus be the primary holder of your known-ness and loved-ness. Because I know that I couldn’t be anything if I didn’t understand even just a fragment of the love that Jesus has for me.

Rest in the sweet ability we have to be completely known and loved as the beloved children of the Father. and be encouraged, even in your time of confusion, in brokenness, in trial, you are understood. You are known. You are loved.

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