Life Without Masks

Psalm 139:16

Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me.

John 1:48

Nathanael asked Jesus, “Where did you get to know me?”

A mask from a First Nations tribe in Victoria, BC

A mask from a First Nations tribe in Victoria, BC

There is something quite unnerving about being fully known. Most of us hide various aspects of our true self from others. From flattering clothes, to secret thoughts, to financial information safeguards, we keep our secrets, passwords, accounts and personal information well-guarded.

But God knows us as we are. He knows us from before our birth to our last breath and beyond. He knows when we rise, sit, sleep, and speak. And here is the most amazing part of all of this…He knows every wart, blemish, fault, failure, and foible, and loves every part of our being.

Sometimes we hide things from others because we believe those parts are unlovable. We imagine that certain aspects of our identity or certain experiences in our past render us unlovable. But God’s love is best experienced not by hiding any part of our being from him, but by letting him love us fully in every part. We cannot hide from God. He knows us fully. So we must either deny our true being, deny God’s true love or embrace his perfect love for us in every aspect of our being. Jesus came to save sinners. His love covers a multitude of sins!

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