You know how your mom, friend or spouse just know you. Like when they buy you the perfect gift or call you at a moment you needed it most.
But, sometimes it’s annoying, right? Like Jesse in Full House, when Rebecca had figured Danny out and even when he was trying to do the opposite of his personality she knew what he’d do. He was exhausted trying to be someone he wasn’t.
It’s good to be known. But it doesn’t always feel good. It feels vulnerable, exposed.
Tauren Wells sings in his song “Known” that, “…it’s not one or the other: its hard truth and ridiculous grace to be known, fully known and loved by Him.” I’ve been on one side of that line. The hard truth. I knew who I was. I knew the depth of my sin. But to sit there was too much. It was too heavy, like a boulder on my chest. Sin was debt I knew I could never pay no matter how hard I worked at it.
Freedom is to accept who you are, human, unable to do anything to save yourself, plus receiving grace that is absolutely ridiculous. Grace completely engulfing our sinful selves. God gives us grace upon grace because He knows who we are, how fallen, utterly dust humans.
James 4:6 says, “God gives grace generously…opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Proud and humble are the opposite. Admitting you have faults, you are broken, you are in need: humility. Because we all have faults, we all are broken, and we are all in need of saving. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” None of us can do it. Think about the greatest person you know, yep, they are sinners in need of God’s ridiculous grace.
But you don’t understand, Tara, you don’t know me. You are right, but God does, and He paid for all that you are hiding.
1 John 1:8 says, “If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves…” Isn’t that the truth, we think hiding and saying we don’t struggle with this or that sin somehow validates we are saved. But God says confess your sin to be forgiven.
Grace balances the scales, in our favor.
So, let God know all of those completely empty places you carry, so that, grace can enter. And know that it is both. It is our admission of sin and God’s act of extending grace to us.
Grace- it overflows so that our sin is no more.
We are His, complete and whole.