By becoming the servant of all we become great in the Kingdom of Heaven. Forgetting about our own desires, wants, needs, dreams, longings is the sure road to fulfillment and long-term satisfaction in this life and in the next.
The Hebrews taught self-denial, the religion of prayer and fasting. However, thou-shall-not’s really have no power to either permanently deliver you from sin and evil or to make you into a son of God. The freedom which Joshua showed us was the freedom to follow the spirit wherever he leads you.
Joshua was never selfish, he was completely preoccupied with doing his Father’s will in the service to mankind. Even in his final moments on the cross he reached out to others, opening the door to salvation for the thief who was crucified next to him. He showed mercy even to those who had murdered him: Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.
Seeking one’s own salvation above all else is actually selfishness. If we are only preoccupied with our own righteousness, then are we not self-righteous? The true believer takes salvation for granted. He or she is convinced of eternal life: they do not doubt or ponder where they are going after death.
The joy of salvation and the sense of gratitude which accompanies entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven acts as a contagious drawing force in the life of such a person. The desire to share and teach others what you have learned is the mark of the depth of your surrender to God. The more that you give up for God and the more you forget yourself, the more useful you are in the Kingdom.