Knowing and Being Known

Stan Mast

READ : 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (v. 12 NIV)

I have to say one more thing about building our lives on Jesus and his teachings. We won’t ever do that well enough. Jesus did not say that your house will glow in the dark or expand into a mansion or in some other way become a showplace. He said simply, “It will be standing when the storm is over.”

Building your life on Jesus and his words doesn’t guarantee that the skies will always be blue and the breezes always gentle. Storms hit everyone in a fallen world, and there will be times when you feel as though your life is demolished. But Jesus promises that if you build on him and his words, you’ll be standing at the end of the day.

Your house might not look like much. Maybe you haven’t built very well. Your walls are crooked. The roof leaks. The paint has peeled. Maybe you aren’t finished. There are no doors. The carpeting never got laid. The landscaping is just mud. So when you look at your life today, you aren’t sure that you really know Christ, because you haven’t done a very good job of obeying your Lord.

Paul’s personal confession in verse 12 is a great comfort: “Now I know in part.” But in the end, that doesn’t matter. We don’t need final proof that we know Christ, because finally God knows us fully in Christ.

PRAYER

Thank you, O Lord, for the fullness of your love for me. Amen.