We are created in God’s image and are made to be known by Him and others. The very nature of being created by God places value on each person.

After the fall however, mankind hid from God. Sin has caused us shame and a desire not to be known. We can hide away in fear of rejection and ridicule. The Bible teaches that God knows us (Galatians 4:9), loves us (John 3:16) and is willing to forgive us regardless of our sinfulness (Romans 5:8).  Being known gives us comfort and being part of a grace-filled community can restore relationships and well-being (James 5:16).

God, being God, knows everything. However, there is a difference in God’s knowledge of us and Him ‘knowing’ us. God knows our ways, thoughts, plans, secrets of our hearts and all about us, He knows everything (1 John 3:20). God not only knows us, His knowledge of us places value on each person. We are known from the womb (Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13-14) and precious in His eyes (Isaiah 43:4).

Being known and valued by God defines the Christian experience. It is by living in the knowledge that we are known and valued by the one who created us allows us to Grow and Thrive (Galatians 4:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:3). Being known and valued provides great comfort in times of need. It reassures us that he has not forgotten us and we can count on his love and care.

Paul Valese

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