Every day millions of people sign in to various social networking sites. You can display your opinions on anything via tweets on Twitter. You can broadcast your antics on YouTube. You can display your entire life via updates and photos on Facebook. What has made these activities so popular? What is it in the human heart that causes us to desire so strongly to see and be seen? To know and be known? People have an innate desire to be loved. They want approval, attention, possibly admiration. The Internet makes it possible to let people view your life, and communicate with you in a totally unprecedented way. You can copy, paste, and edit until only the best parts show. You can crop out all of the embarrassing, ugly, even shameful parts of your life to create a person that is much more pleasing, and more likely to be liked. You’re still you, only a little more presentable. This is who you want people to see. For many people, these outlets are just a fun and easy way to connect. For some people this is absolutely necessary to their sense of self-worth.
What is missing in our heart, mind, and soul that we need this constant approval? Why do we long so much for those confirmations of friendship? For the increase in our number of subscribers, fans, and followers? It is because we were made to love and be loved. This isn’t simple human nature; this is our desire for our creator. To be apart from God is to be incomplete. No friend, fan, or acquaintance will ever be able to fill the part of you that your God was meant to fill. No one can truly know you, in your deepest, most intimate thoughts and hidden actions the way your Lord and Savior can and does. In Jeremiah 1:5, God tells us he knew and chose us before we were even formed in the womb. The Amplified Bible version states it so beautifully: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew and approved of you as My chosen instrument, and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you.”
You had not even done anything and he already approved of you and set you apart as special! Psalm 139:13–16 shares this same promise of God from man’s perspective: “For You formed my inward parts, You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works,” (that means you) “and that my soul knows very well … Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they were all written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”
Not only does God know you well and love you, there is no need for you to hide the unsightly aspects of life or the things you perceive as unattractive about yourself from him. There is nothing he has not seen, and yet he longs for relationship with you. In their song, “Here With Me,” Christian music artists Mercy Me sing, “You’re everywhere I go, I am not alone. You call me as your own, to know and be known.” That is what we all desire to feel, that we are not alone and that there is someone who loves us not based on performance or what we can do for him.
How can you strike up a friendship with almighty God? First you have to enter into friendship with his only begotten son, Jesus Christ. He is the only way to eternal life, or salvation. He cleanses us of all our sins of the past. All of the things we strive to keep hidden are known to him and forgiven in the moment you give your heart to him. Romans 10:9–13 explains it all, “… that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Jesus is the one and only way to God the Father, and to Heaven. He himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
People are fallible. Although it feels good to know others care and are interested in you, that feeling can only fill a small part of the emptiness waiting inside us for a savior. God knows how many tears you have shed. He knows how many hairs are on your head. He knows your most fervent desires. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is waiting for you to call out to him. He will be there when you call, and you don’t need to log in to send your request.