"..There is in the life and teachings of Jesus a relentless tendency toward simplicity. There is a steady impulse toward living at risk, and with a kind of abandon to the Father's care that looks foolish to the well-off world. There is an unsettling otherworldliness that made Jesus and his first followers radically useful in this dead-end world. There is a freedom from things and for the kingdom that thrills the heart of his disciples.
Lord, give us this freedom. At any cost, free us from the bondage to this world, and its images of success and power. Open our eyes to see that 'what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God' (Luke 16:15). Grant us to live as aliens and exiles. And fix our eyes on the all-satisfying, everlasting joy of arriving in heaven on the Calvary road of love and service." (John Piper, Taste and See, p. 261)