A lot of people start projects but few finish the projects. A lot of people claim to be saved but few finish walking with God. Jesus explained this principle in the parable of the sower – Luke 8:14 KJV “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.”
Life is not about getting a good education so you can get a good paying job so you can have a comfy life. And becoming a Christian is not about saying a prayer and going to church. When you think about it, what does the unbeliever have? The unbeliever does go to school to get an education so they can have a good paying job to live a life with comfort and “things”. They work all their life to get a pension or save money so when they retire or get old, they can do what they want. Then they die and leave everything they worked for to their heirs.
But there are many believers who do the same thing. And it does not matter if one is rich or poor, lost or saved, people for the most part, do the same thing. So we see believers have the same pitfalls as the heathen. Why? I suspect many believers today think it is all about them, their dreams and aspirations. There are a lot of preachers out there preaching God wants to bless you, prosper you, enlarge your borders and generally speaking, that is true. But that is not what the Christian life is about.
Believers are ambassadors for Christ. Ambassadors are sent to foreign countries as a representative of their country. 2 Corinthians 5:20 KJV “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
Instead of looking at yourself, your situation, your desires, your prosperity, have you considered you are on an assignment? Did you ever wonder why you were born into the family you have? God may have put you there to be a light and salt to your family. It is not about what job, but the assignment God has us on, a specific job. Being salt and light to the people we work with is part of our mission.
Yes, we have people who come against us or falsely accuse us of things based on their perceptions of what they think we mean with our words or actions. Some of these who come against us can even be believers. And others who come against us can be demonic. Even Jesus had a Judas. And Jesus did not kick Judas out. Jesus could discern Judas was a devil and Jesus commented on Judas in John 6:70-71 KJV “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.”
Believers get bit, stung and mocked and there are many examples of the venom biting believers. Remember Acts 28:3-6 KJV “And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
 Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.”
These people first thought Paul was a murderer but when the venom did not kill Paul, they thought Paul was a god.
Friends, life throws venom at us and believers are bitten with many venomous attacks – the question is, are you going to let the venom kill you or, like Paul, will you shake it off?
As ambassadors for Christ we are on a mission. Our mission is not for things of this world but we represent Christ and his kingdom. Along our path through life we are thrown curves, setbacks, venom, detours and sometimes loss and hardships. The question is have you let these things of this world stop you from the mission God set before you that only you are uniquely qualified to accomplish?
One of the saddest things is to see believers who think saying a prayer and going to church is the Christian life. Or those who think the Christian life is all about God blessing them, giving them, helping them. Friends, we are not our own. We, as believers, belong to God. We were bought with a price. The precious blood of Christ. And God put us on as ambassadors to represent him and his kingdom. To do good and teach others about his kingdom. Not to build up ourselves.
Let me encourage you to ask God to show you what he wants you to do for him, in your family, in your job, with the people he has brought into your circle. Time is short and the field is ripe but the laborers are few. Until next time.