I was looking at books in a ‘Christian’ bookstore the other day and saw one entitled: “You are the Problem, You are the Solution.”

Admittedly, I didn’t explore further into the book because the title made me groan. I would’ve preferred to see a title like: “I am the Problem, Christ is the Solution.” Maybe the book does approach it this way, and I hope it does, but it took me aback when I saw it.

The last thing I want to promote as a biblical counselor is the idea that we must perform apart from Christ. Sanctification is a work of the Spirit conjoined with the work of the person (Phil. 2:12-13). We work out our salvation but only as God wills (Eph. 2:10) and empowers us to do so in partnership with Him. So, really, He is the solution because He is the power-supplier and we are merely obeying Him as we do our part.

Titles like that one make me cringe and I hope that somehow I am misunderstanding the content in the book! Maybe the second “YOU” is Christ and not oneself! If so, praise the Lord! But the title did not differentiate between the two so it appears that the second “You” is the same as the first “You.” If that’s the case, then I am deeply saddened and praying for that author as should you. Pray that the author will see the power of Christ and that He alone is the solution.

-Mark (You are the Problem for sure but you are NOT the solution – only Christ is!)