Having to earn is exhausting, getting to seek is exhiliarating

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. Matt. 6:33

Seeking keeps us actively engaged because we can’t be the source of His “kingdom,” “righteousness,” or “justification,” (the two words have the same root in the Greek dikaiosynē). Seeking takes away the pressure and the pride that comes with relying on our own performance-driven righteousness. Seeking holds constant adventure, discovery, and surprise because God is the source. He reveals His kingdom. He assigns His righteousness to us. He decides what the “added things” look like.  It may seem easier to define “righteous” and keep a scorecard. With a scorecard we can assess our own performance and demand our “added things” because we’ve earned them. Even if our motives are pure and the kingdom takes priority over the added things the scorecard approach seems like a negotiation in which God blesses us if we are good. That seems like being at work all the time instead of being with family.

Father, I’m so glad this is adoption instead employment.