We want to be our Facebook persona. However, our real personalities often don’t match the celebrity versions of ourselves.
Let’s face it, social media is a dwelling place for shams. The images on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram usually reflect who we wish we were. Authenticity typically doesn’t live there.
Understandably. We want to hide our dirt, ugly past, and unflattering life details. We would rather present an unauthentic version of ourselves rather than the truth. After all, if people knew the truth, they may not like us.
In a phony world in which we hide so much of ourselves, is there anywhere – or anyone – who knows everything about us, yet still loves us ? Is this possible?
Amazingly, yes! Consider the following:
God knows everything about you. He knows your thoughts and actions. He constructed your DNA. In fact, you cannot escape Him! He understands your motives and words before they are spoken. He knows the duration of your life; it is mapped out before Him. (Psalm 139) Every hair – whether or not you still possess it – is numbered. (Matthew 10:30) He knows every decision which brought you to your current circumstances.
If you aren’t a Christian, He is wooing you. He has orchestrated the steps of your life so they will intersect with His. He isn’t angry with you. In fact, the opposite is true. He continues to send people and situations – even if they are a source of irritation – so you will know He is real. As your story is written, He is watching.
He wants to heal you, despite your messy details. The story of the Samaritan woman in John chapter four illustrates this point. Jesus and His followers were traveling through Samaria to Galilee. Most Jews typically avoided the area due to their longstanding disdain of its citizens. However, this time the Samaritans had a divine appointment with Jesus.
The travelers stopped at a well in a Samaritan town. While Jesus rested, His disciples went to buy food. Meanwhile, Jesus conversed with a local woman as she drew water from the well. The conversation went like this:
“Can you give me a drink of water?” Jesus asked.
She hesitated. Finally, she answered, “Why are you talking to me?”
Sighing, He lovingly replied, “If you knew who I am, you would ask me for water.”
“How?” she asked incredulously, eying His lack of tools with which to draw water.
Avoiding her question, He replied, “Get your husband.”
Hanging her head in shame, she admitted, “I have no husband.”
Jesus nodded in agreement. “You are right; you have no husband. In fact, you have had five husbands, and the man with whom you are now living is not your husband.”
“In fact,” He continued. “I know all about you. I know your checkered past and current situation. However, I am the Messiah. I provide Living Water to all who ask for it.”
The Samaritan woman was astonished. Without hesitation, she rushed to tell her friends and family about the newly-found Messiah. “He told me everything I ever did!” She exclaimed passionately. Jesus and His followers ultimately stayed in Samaria two days, “and because of His words many more became believers.” (John 4:41)
Your story matches that of the Samaritan woman’s. Jesus is well-acquainted with the filth in your life, yet He is more concerned with your soul than your circumstances. In fact, He uses your intricate life details to persuade you He is God. Do you have a gambling problem? God knows. Are you a habitual liar? He is aware. However, as much as He knows your flaws, He knows your glorious qualities. He is not afraid of getting dirty; in fact, He’ll meet you in your dirt to deliver you of it.
You cannot hide from God. And Friend, you do not need to.
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.