The Real Focus on 2016

Calling the Twelve to him, Jesus sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave as a testimony against them.” They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them. Mark 6:7-13

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.


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