From “Fixing Problems” to “Finding Perspective”

As a pastor, I often find myself in a counseling situation confronted with people who have only one goal: to “fix the problem.”  The problem with just “fixing problems” is the same things keep breaking again and again and again.  The solution is to move beyond fixing problems to finding perspective—and the only perspective that will truly fix problems is God’s!

Let me put it this way: we need to develop a biblical perspective (or “worldview,” if you prefer) about the life we are living.  Troubles in marriage simply will not be fixed by addressing the troubles in marriage.  Difficulties at the office simply will not be corrected by addressing difficulties at the office.  Challenges in raising our children simply will not be overcome by addressing the challenges in raising our children.  We need the appropriate perspective, and that perspective is found in the pages of Scripture.

Only the Bible makes sense out of the stuff of life.  Only the Bible identifies our universal problem—sin—and the universal solution to that problem: the Savior, whose name is Jesus Christ.  All the marriage books and professional counseling in the world will not “fix” a marriage . . . without the Savior; they only make them worse.  Business seminars on conflict resolution and communication will not fix difficulties at the office . . . without the Savior; they only make them worse.  Parenting workshops will not help us overcome the challenges we face in raising our children . . . without the Savior; they only make them worse.

You see, without a biblical perspective we cannot understand what is most important:

  • The glory of God
  • The sinfulness of man
  • The fallen condition of everything (people, places, and things)
  • The grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • The reality of the devil and hell
  • The reality of heaven
  • The certainty of eternity

Oh, sure, we can fix problems for a while.  Behavior can be modified and restrained with a little extra “want to” for enough personal gain.  Whether it is the desire to avoid pain or achieve pleasure, behavior can and often is modified and changed . . . for a while.  But only the truths of the Gospel can truly transform behavior, because only the truths of the Gospel can change the heart.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?  (Jeremiah 17:9)

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. (Matthew 15:19)

The human heart is far too corrupted by sin to be changed by behavior modification.  Only an all-out cleansing of the heart by the truths of the Gospel will move a person beyond behavior modification to heart transformation.  Only looking at our lives from the biblical perspective will cause our hearts to beat less for ourselves and more for our Savior.  And when our hearts are beating more for our Savior, God is glorified, and all those we come in contact with are benefited and blessed!

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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