In this Gospel story we have a classic case of self-centeredness. What am I getting out of this investment of giving up everything to follow Jesus? What is in it for me? This is the direction of the self-centered person who is more concerned about usefulness than worth in the sight of God. We live in a world surrounded with all the values and directives of worldly ambition and prestige and power. But at the same time, you and I are also members of another world, the Kingdom of God.