Don't Hide From Me
I recently released a song called “Seen” and its message focuses on the reality that we are all seen, known and loved by God. But being "seen" by God can present a problem. On the one hand it seems awesome – He knows me and cares about what’s happening in my life. On the other hand though...He knows me. He knows ever-y-thing about me – the good, the bad and the ugly. This realization can cause our hearts to recoil in fear, discovering whether or not we actually believe that He still loves us. I mean we know to say that He does….but do we really know it?
In a brilliant article highlighting a definite problem of social media, the writer looked at the ways we “idealize” others and ourselves and how much social media can be an outlet for that. We generally post the best posts about ourselves and the majority of people’s lives are captured in square snippets of the best trips, family moments and moments of inspiration. It’s good to be wise in that space which at best cannot adequately support the depth needed for deep authentic relationship but all this “highlights only” viewing is messing with our reality. We don’t need social media, however, to struggle with this.
To quote the writer, “when we idealize another, we diminish them. We reduce them from their state of perfectly human humanity to something less – an object” (Authenticity in Relationship and How Objectification Devalues Us, psychologytoday.com).
Whenever we strip the humanity, the brokenness and imperfection, from ourselves or others we are objectifying.
God isn’t idealistic in His view of us. He’s been with humanity a long time and knows our weakness (Psalm 103:14).
Religion is a great propagator of performance based views of Christianity which may make it seem like God is obsessed with our behavior. Many believers find themselves medicating a deep sense of unworthiness and guilt with heavy doses of church attendance, religious activities and random acts of kindness. But when we fail, and we will fail, we have to face the onslaught of questions and fears regarding our relationship with God and our value to Him.
Am I still loved by Him…like for real?
We have to learn to sit in the un-comfortableness of the state of being undone which God brings us to in order to put us back together in true wholeness.
Here’s the kicker:
You and I are fully known and seen by Him. 100 % nothing hidden and still completely loved by Him.
Every promise He’s made, He made in full knowledge of what we would do with them.
He has chosen to live right in the middle of the mess that is us. He indwells us through salvation, much like He came as a baby to dwell with a broken and very human family as Jesus.
“But the one who joins himself to the Lord is mingled into one spirit with him.” 1 Cor.6:17 TPT
I’ve been meditation on this passage for a bit and the reality of it is amazing. As believers we are “mingled into one spirit” with God. To the extent that we can let Him reveal ourselves to ourselves and open up our hearts to His healing is the extent in which we will see His life becoming a reality in our lives.
We actually are not living for God…we are living with Him.
And this presents the context for an elusive state of being in our world:
God accepts us. If we are saved we have become “the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” (2 Cor.5:21). We have no righteousness of our own but we have received the righteousness of Christ as sons and daughters.
Acceptance in this context, however, is not a fatalistic, “well that’s just the way I am” approach. The fact is the way I currently am is not the best version of me and it certainly doesn’t encapsulate all I’m meant to be.
" God accepts the mess in order to live among it and clean it up His way, in His time.
Think about it: we are always in some state of "mess" even if it isn't necessarily tragic. As you walk with God over time, you start to realize He deals with certain things in certain seasons. It's a progressive process of Him conforming us into the image of His Son Jesus (2 Cor.3:18).
A familiar phrase I think fits well here is: "God meets us where we are but loves us too much to leave us there."
God is loving us in the mess and loving us out of it at the same time.
Acceptance gives the ability to be honest with Him, myself and others and let the ugly stuff come to the surface to be healed by His hand. His kindness, patience and love become a safe place to be real and be healed by Him. He sees us as we truly are not as the stuff we are struggling with currently. He’s working to bring us into the life and whole version of ourselves He originally designed us to be. It’s a continual process of revelation and repentance on our part.
He calls us to trust His love for us, come out of hiding and bring it all to Him. He knows it anyway and made the decision long ago to forgive and heal us if we just let Him.
“Come out of hiding, You’re safe here with Me
There’s no need to cover what I already see
You’ve got your reasons, but I hold your peace
You’ve been on lockdown, and I hold the key
‘Cause I loved you before you knew what was love
I saw it all, still I chose the cross
You were the one that I was thinking of
When I rose from the grave
Now rid of the shackles, My victory is yours
I tore the veil for you to come close
There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
You’re not far from home”
"Out of Hiding" by Steffany Gretzinger
My new song "SEEN" is available everywhere online. Click here to listen