I. HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF THANKFULNESS
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude (1 Timothy 4:4).
II. HAVE AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE
If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry (Colossians 3:1-5).
For you . . . accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an abiding one (Hebrews 10:34).
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin; considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward (Hebrews 11:24-26).
Do not love the world, not the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts . . . (1 John 2:15-17).
III. EXAMPLE OF PAUL AND THE DISCIPLES
Just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved (1 Corinthians 10:33).
but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God . . . as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things (2 Corinthians 6:4, 10).
IV. WHEN PEOPLE COME TO KNOW CHRIST THEY FORSAKE COSTLY EVIL THINGS
Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of all; and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver (Acts 19:18-19).