Our biggest problems are not outside of us

Our biggest problems are not on the outside of us (wife, economy, government, temptations).  We normally address these problems by saying that we need to work harder, do more, be more disciplined – look inside; this is Christianized self-help/self-esteem.  The gospel says that the greatest problem is on the inside and the solution is on the outside.  This was the mistake of the Jews in the first century.  They thought that the Romans – not sinful hearts – was the real problem.  Our biggest problem is the sin that lives in our hearts and our only solution is to look to the finished work of Christ.  Nothing in the bible tells us to fix our eyes on us and our own efforts.  The bible (Hebrews 12:1-2) tells us to fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith; we look up and out to the finished work of Christ.  Transformation comes from outside of us.

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