In one of his letters to the ancient church in the city of Corinth, the Apostle Paul wrote these words. “The man who loves God is known by God.” (1 Corinthians 8:3). He didn’t say that this man knows God. He said this guy is known by God. And that got me thinking. We place a lot of emphasis on knowing things. We like to know facts about everything from sports to politics to art to current events. And we especially like to know that we know things about God. Or other people. And we need to know certain things in order to navigate our day. We need to know where our keys are. We need to know that people still drive on the right side of the road. We need to know that we take our medicine two times a day and not three or four. But to be known? What does that really mean? To be known is to be open, to be vulnerable, and to intend to grow in your capacity for emotional resilience. It does not mean that you subject yourself to being a doormat, or repeatedly putting yourself in harm’s way. And it requires that you allow this process to take place in the presence of another who is trustworthy with your deepest secrets. But it is the only way to freedom. The only way to becoming embodied goodness, faithfulness, kindness, and all of the rest of their cousin virtues. Knowing is often about keeping others at a far enough distance in order not to be wounded. Being known is about healing the wounds we already carry. Which road will you choose?
Know that You are Known
More on this Topic(s)
Click a topic below to see more posts like this