People often suffer from one of two misconceptions in their faith.
One is that somehow being deprived, demeaned and oppressed and in poor or miserable condition; somehow is a spiritual service. While there are times that we have to suffer and sacrifice for Our Savior’s sake. Pain for the sake of pain is not a virtue. God gets no pleasure out of the hurt and suffering of His people.
The second misconception is that somehow God is a name it claim it, Puppeteer. That God will help us achieve every elevated, egotistical, buoyant thing we can dream. God is not a spiritual Santa Claus, any more than He is a spiritual Frankenstein! While God gets pleasure out of the blessings and true welfare of His children. It is neither the despair nor wealth of His children that moves His heart.
God is most interested in our spiritual values and moral nature. That we love Him first and foremost above all things. And that we learn to have the same nature in us that Jesus had in Him. Furthermore, God desires that we learn this, through close Fellowship and communion with Him. That is what moves the heart of God, having a real, living and vital connection and fellowship with us.
You and I can do every good thing in this life to the highest achievement we can discover! And we should; As long as we put our spiritual values first & are totally willing to lay our trophies & crowns at the feet of Jesus. Our greatest accomplishment is magnified, when it was done To honor & glorify Him. Then God’s okay with our sacrifice or achievement. In fact, when our motive is to honor & praise to God. We can be sure that whatever we do is of the highest worth, because it is of Spiritual Value.