The theme of Ignite this year was known[n]. As an attendee and participant of the event, I enjoyed the theme and the different aspects of its application brought by Brian and Andy, the two speakers for the night. It wasn’t a completely foreign topic, but it was presented in a way that was fresh and new and clearly applicable to each of our lives; both the idea that we are to reach to get to know God and how intimately we are known by Him. However, in the last few weeks, it is as if this idea was a seed that was planted in my mind and has been steadily growing and gaining strength as I see how undeniably this plays into every interaction and every relationship in my life.
Going into the night, and even coming out of it, this idea of being known was one that I hadn’t given a whole lot of intentional thought to. now, after sitting with it for a few weeks, it is clear that my desire to be KNOWN narrates SO much of my life! my desire to be known by others leads me to blog and facebook and tweet and talk and discuss and it even informs the conflicts of relationships where I want to know and be known more deeply. it is an innate desire God has created us with; the desire to know our creator and to be known by Him. and yet, too often I desire the approval of others in what THEY know of me and seek after deep, fulfilling relationships with people, even though I know that deep down, they can never know me the way that my Father in heaven always has and always will.
Galatians 4:8-11 (MSG) “Earlier, before you knew God personally, you were enslaved to so-called gods that had nothing of the divine about them. But now that you know the real God—or rather since God knows you—how can you possibly subject yourselves again to those paper tigers*? For that is exactly what you do when you are intimidated into scrupulously observing all the traditions, taboos, and superstitions associated with special days and seasons and years. I am afraid that all my hard work among you has gone up in a puff of smoke!”
And now, when I let myself be subject to those opinions, I am once again enslaving myself to the chains of the world and all of the unmet expectations that I turned from when I first gave my life over to Christ. why in the world do I do this when I have tasted and seen the satisfaction and fulfillment and adoption that God provides? and yet I do, over and over again, to my own detriment. and to quote a wise man, “The story of how I came to Jesus is not nearly as important as the story of why I keep coming back.” (David Montgomery, 2010) Because Jesus created me with the desire to be known, He is clear that I will have to keep running back time and time again after failing to understand his grace and mercy and what FREEDOM really looks like! Galatians 5:1 – “Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” And so I step again into the light of the day, assured that I will be enslaved to none but what I choose, and what I choose is to Jesus and bearing His cross daily, nothing but Jesus.
blessed to share. SRL.