Following Christ is a call not to abstain from gratification but (sometimes) to delay gratification. More to the point, it’s a call to pursue the gratification that will last. It’s finding our joy in Christ, rather than seeking joy in the things of this world. Heaven, the place of eternal gratification and fulfillment, should be polestar, reminding us where we are and which direction we need to go.
“For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.”