An Inside Job
Have you ever heard or thought about the saying, “Every sin is an inside job.” Think about that for just a moment. How many times do we blame outside circumstances for the reason we do not obey God’s commands?
It’s nothing new. This has been happening since the beginning of time—the very first sin. Adam blamed God for the woman he gave her. Eve blamed the serpent and on and on it has gone and still goes to this day. We all want to blame something or someone else to make ourselves look better, when the fact of the matter is the saying is true, every sin is an inside job, and it comes completely natural to us.
Jesus talked about this in Mark 7:20-23 as clearly as it can be said. “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and they defile a person.”
Every sin is an inside job. This sin puts us in danger of hell. Paul states in Galatians 5:19-21, “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies and things like these, I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
This does not mean that everyone who has committed one or more of these sins is going to hell, that would mean there would be no one in heaven. It does mean as a warning that Paul states here that those who continue in lives of open and unrepentant sinful activity put themselves in a dangerous position regarding their final destination after death. That’s also why Paul warned the Corinthians (to whom he made almost the exact same statement in 1 Corinthians 6 as Galatians 5) later in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see if you are of the faith, test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-unless of course, you fail the test?”
John puts the test in simple terms, 1 John 1:6, “If we say we have fellowship with him (Jesus) while we walk in the darkness we lie and do not practice the truth.” Jesus states it simply also in Luke 6:44, “Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes or grapes from briars.”
The only hope for anyone is another inside job. The work of God the Holy Spirit first to convict of sin. Romans 3:20, “For by works of the law no human will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” Plainly put, whatever we have done on the lists previous in sinful activity, we can never make up for by doing good things. We are condemned and headed for hell, storing up God’s wrath for the day of judgement (Romans 2:5).
And now the inside job turns, “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.” (Romans 2:4) All the hurt of knowing our sins in our minds and in our hearts is an act of kindness by God to turn us to Jesus at the Cross and heal us!
There is not one thing on the previous lists that cannot be forgiven at the Cross of Christ! It is a place of forgiveness, healing, rescue, peace and security. It is God’s provision through His Son who did not do one of the things on that list and paid for all the times we did to make us the righteousness of God, where blood washed sinners become as white as snow and our sins are remembered no more. Jesus from the cross said “It is finished,” not one sin was missed, no more payment was necessary, no human merit is needed or sufficient.
Wherever you are in your spiritual life, in terms of your earthly years also, ask yourself, am I where I was 10 years ago? 5 years ago? 1 year ago? 1 week ago? Am I living in sin constantly without genuine life changing repentance and forgiveness? Can I afford spiritually to continue to live this way? And whatever our answer may we run to the cross again and again to move forward.
Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now life in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” There is a wonder working power from the cross where sin has been killed to kill the sin in our lives that we struggle with.
Every sin is an inside job. But God sends his Holy Spirit to work from the inside out, to convict us of our sin, to take our souls to the cross and take us to heaven one day. The evidence of God’s inside job is in the things we do, or don’t do, the light we walk in and the fruit we bear. May God right now, do an inside job he knows specifically each one of needs to bring glory to His name as long as we are on this earth!