“For now, we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known”. 1 Corinthians 12:13
This has happened since the very beginning of man. It has gone on and on for all of history and is still happening today. You do this, I do this, we all do this. We were created by God to be fully known and fully loved by him. He knows and loves us now as well as he ever will. We even desperately desire to be truly known, loved and accepted; yet we are prone to hide, and avoid being honest, vulnerable and transparent.
Paul the great apostle, struggled with being known and knowing himself (Romans 7-8). No one could know him more than his God and Savior. Nothing could separate him from the love of God. He sums up knowing God in 1 Corinthians 13:9-12, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now, we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
It takes the utmost in trust not to hide. It also takes trust to be honest and to be vulnerable. Mirrors are honest. If you never look in a mirror, you will never know how you look. Mirrors make looking at the outside easy, but it’s what’s inside that’s more difficult to know for oneself and for others. God already knows you from the inside out, he made you. Today look in a mirror, and ponder your new identity in Christ. You are fully known and loved by your Father and Creator God. Before you walk out of the house each day, fully release the day to God, and trust Him to lead you. Ask him to open your eyes to understand his ways, and ask him to help your heart trust in his truth inside of you. Pray your realization of being fully known will fully align you with his calling for your life. Acknowledge him in all your ways.
Proverbs 3:5-12 The Message (MSG)
5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.
By Donna Burns