(1) That of all people, Christians should be those who move forward in life, turning from teensy-faith anxieties, confident of our Father’s care, concern and provision. In this confident assurance we can then “aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one” (1 Thessalonians 4.11-12).
(2) Then, freed from those anxieties and confident in the Father, we hunt down, seek out, look intensely, for the rulership of God and his righteousness. One way [out of many] this will be evident is through a liberality of sharing. “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6.10). “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1.26-27).
(3) Finally, freed, confident, and submitting to the rulership of God, we should be a people known and characterized as thankful. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4.2). “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5.16-18).