Many of us can identify with Charlie Brown
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I can certainly identify with Snoopy and Charlie Brown. “Did I do enough?” “Why isn’t this working?” “Is it me?” “Why aren’t people responding?” “Do I need to do more?” “Why is our attendance and giving down?” “Am I the right person?” “Why aren’t we growing?” “Am I enough?” “Am I …?” are some of the many questions that run through my head.
In his book, Good to Great, author Jim Collins talks about the principle of the window and the mirror. When things are going well, the leader looks out the window and credits the people for what they are doing. When things are not going well or more difficult, the leader looks in the mirror and asks what he should be doing different. While looking in the mirror can be beneficial, it can also fuel my self-doubt.
I have to constantly remind myself that God did not call me to be successful. He simply asks me to be faithful (Matthew 25:14-30; 1 Corinthians 4:2). I also need to remind myself that God has made me adequate (2 Corinthians 3:5-6) and that his grace is enough (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Many of us approach salvation like Charlie Brown. We try really hard. But our efforts only leave us frustrated.
Fortunately, salvation is not a matter of trying hard. It is a matter of accepting the gift of God’s grace.
Ephesians 2:8–9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.