Into The Abyss

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Our desire is to be fully known.  We want to be known so badly that we project the most attractive elements of ourselves in an effort to have them accepted by those around us.  The fallacy in this approach is that when we do make friends, we know that they’ve accepted and love an incomplete version of ourselves.  To be truly loved means being fully known, and then having that self accepted. This proves difficult when we bury or hide those difficult aspects of ourselves even from ourselves!

The first step towards being fully know is to recognize the buried elements of ourselves, and then to turn those to God.  Restoration with God, and ourselves, will allow for restoration with others and our surroundings. I have been praying this by reaching my hand to my chest. I then grasp at my heart and clench a fist, figuratively removing out of my soul the areas that need to be confessed to God. I pray with my hand extended and release the items as I name them before the Lord.  In this way, I have offered to my God all the things that I know about myself, and including the areas that still remain hidden even to me. My desire is to be fully known by God, and to accept the grace continually offered to me.

Scripture: Matthew 7:21-23 NLT

Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Further Pursuits: 

Watch Brené Brown's TED Talk on Vulnerability

Practice confession with a pastor or elder in your church

Talk through the deep level questions on this list