Give Up Your Life

We live like this life is all there is.  We have so many wants and wishes, dreams and desires.  But God sent His One and Only Son, Jesus, to come to earth and die for us.  To live His entire life to carry out the mission of His Father.  Not to travel, not to see sights, not to excel at sports or a job, or just to make sufficient money to live a happy, comfortable life.  God sent Him to die.  For us.  That's our God.  Should we really believe and live like He intended Jesus to die for us so that we could live this life to the fullest, pursuing whatever we wanted in this world?  Or is it more in line with God's character that He intended Jesus to die for us, so that we too would die to ourselves and live entirely for God's will?  From Matthew 16:21-28.