Denying One’s Self
A life of humility, selflessness, piety and love is what God wants us to live. It doesn’t mean we live simple. God gave us a brain so we could use it to its full potential. We can dream big, but who resides in our dream is very important. If it’s only about you, then your goal is not enough and selfish. To be a Christian, we should focus on others first before ourselves. If our dream is to help others, no matter how big, God will bless us.
While there may be others who spend 100% of their time building riches in this life, we should spend our lives building riches for our next life, which is life with the Lord. Life here on earth is temporary. We already know this. Our purpose for our life here is not to build riches and live like kings, but to live like Christians and glorify God through our actions. The life that we have now is like a proving ground for us to prove to the Lord that we are worthy of living with Him in heaven eternally.
Instead of just blessing ourselves with material riches, we can share our riches that we may also bless others in Jesus’ name. Jesus once said, “Whatever you did to the least of my brethren, you have done unto Me.” We have to deny ourselves and peacefully endure whatever suffering that we encounter and give more importance to others who may be in need. We can just take what we really need and give what we can give. We don’t have to live in extravagance. Everytime there is an opportunity for us to help, we help, even if it means being out of our comfort zone.