It’s important to me that you feel known. That somebody understands who you are: what you’re passionate about, what you’re scared of, where you hope to go with your life. Our culture pull us towards selfishness and isolation, towards living life alone. But we’re at our best, we’re most alive and like our God, when we fight that pull and open our lives to relationships with people who know us even better than we know ourselves.
This Sunday we’ll talk a lot about God’s nature as a Holy Trinity. One set of adjectives used to expand on the Trinity is Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Not only does God work in the world in those ways, God works in your life in these ways. God created you, God redeemed you, God sustains you.
In Matthew 10, Jesus talks to his disciples as they prepare to go out into the world, ministering in his name. He knows them and the people that they will encounter. There will be conflict and struggle and doubt. To help them endure these trials, he reminds them of just how deeply God knows and cares for them.
Aren’t two sparrows sold for a small coin? But not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing about it already.Even the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.
Knowing and being known is a cure. It chases away fear, crushes doubt, dries up sadness. It’s a reminder of how valuable you are. This isn’t because deep relationship is a “good trick” or a “key to happiness.” It’s part of how you were created. How you are redeemed. How you are sustained. It’s part of who God is, and part of the mark of God that you carry every day of your life.
Being a Christian is so much more than agreeing to doctrinal statements. It’s about shaping our life after the example of Christ, knowing God and being known by God, opening to the work and power of the Holy Spirit. It’s a joy, it’s a mystery, and it’s journey we walk together.
See you Sunday!