Jesus knows what distracts you.
It is easy to get completely focused on making money. You end up looking at everything in view of how much money you might get out of it, or how much you might lose.
It is easy to be preoccupied with how you look and what you wear. You begin to judge other people on how much attention they pay to their own looks, and on whether their taste agrees with yours.
Since you generally eat more than once a day, it’s easy to become such a foodie that you don’t think about much else. Your diet becomes your main focus of the day.
When Jesus sent out his disciples, he knew that they could easily be distracted by money, or clothes, or food. Money and clothes and food are all gifts of God, but they are not meant to become the focus of our lives.
Instead, Jesus invites his disciples to make something else the focus of life: repentance and faith in him for the forgiveness of sins. That’s what he called the Twelve to speak about. When that is your main focus, you are better prepared to speak about Jesus to people and respond appropriately to their reactions to his message.
Jesus invites us to seek first his kingdom, and the righteousness that is ours through faith in him, keeping in mind that he will provide money and clothes and food as well. In Jesus, you have all that you need.
Prayer: Jesus, you are my everlasting all; to you I look; to you I call. I trust that you will supply my need in 2016 and forever; you are my peace and strength indeed. Amen.