How satisfying it is to work hard and see the results at the end! Men and women everywhere work hard to establish a life for themselves, one of comfort and security, so they can raise their families in peace. Truly, a life is the most important thing we have. Men instinctively know they can create the best possible life for their families by working hard. Have you ever driven around looking for that dream house you wanted to own? Remember the good feelings you got when you saw a really nice place that someone had cared for? You could tell by its appearance and upkeep that the owner had put all he had into making it that way. These things are normal and man's Creator has put it into us to desire such a life.
Our Master Yahshua knew what it meant to have a life. He knew the security that comes from having worked to achieve it. He said, "You must hate your life in this world"1 if you want to inherit eternal life. Having your life in this world can be really nice, but at best, it is still your life. Living for yourself, no matter how good it may seem, is the fruit of the Fall. Living for yourself is the curse of living in bondage to sin. Even people who live good lives by obeying their consciences must do so for themselves. There is no way out of it. They are still locked up as prisoners of sin.2
Our Master Yahshua gave up His life3 in order to save us from living in bondage to sin. He broke the curse through His death on the cross so that we would never have to live for ourselves ever again. Instead we could live for Him, in love with Him. We were created for a life of love, but we couldn't live it because we were fallen. Our desire for comfort and security forced us to live for ourselves. But when faith came to us, we saw there was another way to live. That ended our own life — we could no longer live for ourselves. Rather, we saw our need to live for Him who died and rose again on our behalf.4 Therefore, whoever would live for Him cannot love anything more than Him. If you love anything or anybody more than Him, you are not worthy of Him.5