THE LORD SAID, “Whoever desires to become My follower, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me. For whoever desires to save their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for My sake, and for the sake of the Gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and lose their own life? Or what can they give in exchange for their life? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Kingdom of God come in power.”
Saint Caesarius of Arles instructs us on the proper way to love the world,
While there is much in the world to love, it is best loved in relation to the One Who made it. The world is beautiful, but much fairer is the One Who fashioned it. The world is glorious, but more delightful is the One by Whom the world was established. Therefore, let us labor as much as we can, beloved, that love of the world as such may not overwhelm us, and that we may not love the creature more than the Creator. God has given us earthly possessions in order that we may love Him with our whole heart and soul. But sometimes we provoke God's displeasure against us when we love his gifts more than God Himself. The same thing happens in human relationships. Suppose someone gives a special gift to his student. But the student then begins to despise the giver, and loves the gift more than the one who gave it. Suppose he comes to think of the giver no longer as friend but enemy. Just so it is with our relationship with God. We love more those who love us for ourselves rather than our gifts. So God is known to love those who love Him more than the earthly gifts He gives.